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The amazing thing about really good performers is their talent is often born out of a skill to take the time to notice everything. The ability to see the world from a simple perspective is exactly why Jackpot Records recording artist Randy Thompson is such a great listen. Born in the hills of Virginia, Randy gives an honest touch to all the music he makes. As a child, he learned of his family’s heritage which dates back to the early 1700s. He still lives in Clifton, Virginia which gives you an indication of his devotion to be true to the “roots music” he still writes and performs.

In 1998, Randy released his first CD called “Wearin’ Blue”. It received great reviews. His second album, “That’s Not Me”, generated a lot of positive buzz and significant airplay around the world. In fact, it debuted at number one on the Euro Indie Radio chart, reaching top 40 on national Americana, Country, and Roots Rock charts. The Washington Post called it, “A superb disc.”

Randy’s latest release, “Further On”, is a fantastic blend of the traditional country sound with a pinch of rockabilly and blues thrown into the mix. The musicians involved in this album include Rickie Simpkins (whose mandolin skills have graced albums of Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice and Randy Scruggs) Don Helms (steel guitar for Hank Williams Sr.), Garrick Alden (lead guitar, bass banjo, drums) Alan Oreski (violin), Andy Hamburger (drums) and Randy’s son Colin on slide guitar. Songs like, “Don’t You See”, and, “Songbird”, make you think of those great honky-tonk type tunes. In, “Ol’ 97”, you can hear the influences of both Hank Williams and Gram Parsons as he takes you on a musical journey down the rails. The great thing about this album is throughout it gives you a true Americana sound whether it’s the sad feel of “Rocksalt and Nails” or the bluegrass standard “Molly and Tenbrooks”.

Randy Thompson’s latest, “Further On”, is a great addition to any iPod inventory and wouldn’t be a wasted trip by any measure.