Linda Thompson has just come out with her first new album in fifteen years, and I was surprised to see Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu's bassist) thanked in the credits, although he doesn't play on the album. I knew that Richard Thompson has appeared on various David Thomas solo albums, but evidently the whole family has been maintaining a friendship with him over the years:
Over the phone from London, Thompson explains that her voice came back gradually. She did some theatrical shows in Britain with David Thomas of Pere Ubu and turned up incognita to sing at a few of Teddy’s early shows (one of which took place a few years ago at Passim, with maybe a dozen people present). “I just stopped for a long time, stopped dead. I ran an antique-jewelry business for a time, which made me a hell of a lot more money than music ever did. Then I did the theater shows with David Thomas, and that was completely liberating. There were still times when nothing would come out at all. He said, ‘Don’t worry if your voice goes out; just talk.’ It was improvised, so I didn’t have to carry the weight of singing a beautiful song.”
Ahh, she must be taking about Mirror Man. (And there's Daved HIld of the Girls ! Small world !) Anyway, I just think it's so cool that David Thomas assisted like this in getting Linda Thompson's music back on track.