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Live Music Tonight: Teddy Thompson

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Teddy Thompson, Rosie Thomas

Triple Door Mainstage, $17, 7:30 p.m.

For Teddy Thompson fans, the 2007 release of Upfront & Down Low was something of a tease. It wasn't that it was an album of country covers; it was that the lone original track Thompson decided to include, "Down Low," was as splendid as anything included on 2006's Separate Ways. Thankfully, a new LP of originals is imminent, which has Thompson out on a quick West Coast run, with Rosie Thomas in tow. The gifted son of British folk legends Richard and Linda Thompson who's played a prominent role in both of his parents' recent careers, whether as songwriter or live player, Thompson is perhaps the most criminally underrated of a second-generation soloist class headed by his buddy Rufus Wainwright, with whom he's shared many a stage. For the soundtrack of the Leonard Cohen documentary, I'm Your Man, it is Thompson's live rendition of the Canadian master's "Tonight Will Be Fine," not Wainwright's "Chelsea Hotel" (although that cover is wonderful as well), that stood out as the compilation's finest track. When you consider that U2, Beth Orton, Nick Cave, Antony, Jarvis Cocker, and Martha Wainwright also sang on that soundtrack, that's high praise. With Rosie Thomas.

-- MIKE SEELY

 
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