Here’s a “sneak-peak” of one of the tracks from newest Cd work in progress: “Blue Cedar Dreams”: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell - performed by Mike Willis & Michael Thompson.
Howdy Folks …Happy New Year !
In 2015, I produced & released a new Cd entitled “Music for the Carpenter” - The Thomas Day Files. Thomas Day was a talented born-free black artisan who practiced carpentry and who lived, worked, & owned a tavern in Milton, NC. (just 7 miles down the road from “FarmJazz” Central). The play production, penned by friend & fellow artist Fred Motley, portrays the life & struggles of this popular carpenter’s life. As musical-director for the play production “Thomas Day in Milton”, Michael (on banjo, dobro, & guitar) put together a dozen tunes from the pre-Civil War Era with special arrangements featuring “good-ole-buddy” John Akerman on piano & Mike Willis on harp. Also featuring Don Woppa, Arley Ivey, Jim Jett, Frank Harrison, & Bob Goodwin.
On Dec. 17th, I was joined by my "long-time-no-see" brother Allan Thompson to perform for the Annual Rintz Oil Company Christmas Dinner at the Penn Country Club in Reidsville, NC. Even after 30 some years, we still struck the right chords together & the entertainment was enjoyed by everyone. Alan & his new lovely bride Debi stayed over for the weekend & we had a nice pickin'&grinnin' session for a few hours after breakfast. We are hoping to get together more often and maybe do some recording together.
On April 8th 2017, a Saturday in Uptown Roxboro, Piedmont Community College’s Fine Arts Program will be sponsoring their “STEPN2theARTZ”, putting together a festival honoring all things “Home-Grown” in NC. Michael will be performing with a "Re-Union” of the original “Nickels to Diamonds” musical group featuring a marvelous set of Tarheel bred musicians. On guitar will be long-time friend and "RG" Supreme Dan Wolber (see & listen to Dan on Musicians page under "The 3rd Man"); On bass will be long-time friend, superb player & original "Nickels to Diamonds" member, Bob Hedrick, also listed on website Musicians page; Frank Harrison (also original "N to D" member will be on mandolin; And holdin' it all together will be yoursTruly Michael Thompson on guitar, dobro, & banjo.
SHOW STARTS AT 2pm. HOPE TO SEE YA THERE !
Michael continues to teach guitar, banjo & other fretted instrument lessons at the newly renovated Kirby Cultural Arts Complex in downtown Roxboro, NC.
Please call (336) 597-1709 Tues-Sat. 1:00pm-5pm for more information regarding Gallery showings, music & art lessons, theater-shows, summer camps and more “big-fun” being offered at the Kirby Complex.
Stay Tuned for more “Latest-News” & the new Website construction.
For performances & musical-offerings CONTACT: Michael@FarmJazz.com