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Ron Thompson & The Resistors


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Ron Thompson & The Resistors - Magic Touch - 1998 - Poore Boy

Guitarist Ron Thompson is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist. He plays piano, harmonica, mandolin, and steel guitar. Rolling Stone described Ron as "searing", and Guitar Player Magazine called him a "mind boggling talent". Born in Oakland, he has been playing the blues Bay Area since the early 70's, including seven appearances at the San Francisco Blues Festival. He has worked with Blues legends like Lowell Fulson, Luther Tucker, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Big Mamma Thorton and he toured with John Lee Hooker for five years. The Resistors were twice selected as the Best Blues Band of the year. His albums with The Resistors include "Treat Her Like Gold", and "Just Like A Devil" and demonstrate Ron's guitar talents, from Delta style acoustic guitar to searing single note electric Blues leads. "Magic Touch" contains a wide range of blues styles and is a mixture of blues classics (Baby Please Don't Go) and originals (Ocean of Tears). According to reviewers, "Thompson hits a stage like a tornado, playing peerless slide guitar, quicksilver electric leads, squealing harmonica, pounding piano, and room-filling National steel, all the while singing with obvious passion, and rarely stopping for breath. Fans leave a Thompson show both amazed and elated." Listen to Ron's great soul blues album, "Resister Twister".

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. Saddle My Pony - Chester Burnett/Traditional
2. Cadilac Walk - J.D. Martin
3. Magic Touch - Ron Thompson
4. Ocean of Tears - Ron Thompson
5. Hard Time Train - Ron Thompson
6. Funky Neighborhood - Ron Thompson
7. Baby Please Don't Go - John Mooney/Big Joe Williams
8. Murderin' Blues - Pat Hare
9. Sunnyland - Elmore James & His Broomdusters
10. R. T. 's Piano - Ron Thompson
11. Silvertone Boogie - Ron Thompson
12. The Fast Floyd - Ron Thompson
13. Little Drummer Boy - Trad.

BAND

Ron Thompson - (Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Piano, Organ, Vocals)
Leonard Gill, Tony Saunders, Glenn Cesari - (Guitar)
Larry Vann, Ron Wells - (Drums)

RON THOMPSON BIO

After honing his chops behind Little Joe Blue and John Lee Hooker, guitarist Ron Thompson went solo in 1980, forming his own blues/roots-rock trio, the Resisters. Just Like a Devil, a 1990 release on pianist Mark Naftalin's Winner label, was culled from Thompson's appearances on Naftalin's Blue Monday Party radio program. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Thompson began playing guitar when he was 11, picking up slide guitar shortly afterward. When he was in his late teens, he was playing slide guitar with Little Joe Blue. For about five years, he worked in local Bay Area clubs, both as a solo artist and a supporting musician. In 1975, John Lee Hooker asked Thompson to join his backing band and the guitarist accepted. For the next three years, he played with Hooker, developing a national reputation. Thompson left Hooker in 1978. Two years later, he formed his own band, the Resistors, and landed a contract with Takoma Records. Thompson's debut album, Treat Her Like Gold, appeared in 1983. Although he launched a solo career, Thompson continued to play with a number of other musicians, including Lowell Fulson, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton. In 1987, his second album, Resister Twister, was released; it was followed shortly afterward by Just Like a Devil. Thompson continued to perform throughout the late '80s and '90s, although he didn't record quite as frequently. © Bill Dahl © 2010 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fiftxq95ldae~T1

5 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Thanks!
Guinea Pig

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers, GP!

bluesis said...

Haloo A.O.O.F.C,
Just got around to listening to Ron Thompson. Wowee! Thanks again.
Ed

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,bluesis. Amen to that! Thanks. TTU soon