Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson


6 and 12 string acoustic guitar with lots of slapping and plucking. Original music that is sometimes incredibly funky and, other times, the kind of music you could listen to when you crawl into bed.


Nick Thompson plays rocking fingerstyle guitar on 6-string, 12-string, and microtonal guitars.

Nick Thompson started playing guitar in a high school Black Crows and Guns n' Roses cover band, but quit that as soon as a teacher introduced him to the fingerpicking and tapping on a couple old Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke records. Now that's all Thompson plays on his 6- and 12-string guitars.

Thompson lives in New York and plays around the city and in the subway system. He also has performed all over Boston, San Francisco, and in 25 states. He also has recently given shows in Ghana and Bali. "Lend Me Your Ears" is his third album and he is he is joined on three tracks by his best friend from childhood, the trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum of the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, one of Boston's leading jazz bands.

Thompson's main influences are other fingerstyle players, and he likes to call his music "Neo-Leo" guitar as a way of honoring Kottke. He primarily listens to jazz however and much of his music is based on structured improvisation.

When not playing music, Thompson works as a journalist and was most recently editor of The Washington Monthly. He has also written for the Boston Globe, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many other publications.


Red Weather, 1996
Sometimes Splatter Paints, 1997
Lend Me Your Ears, 2003

Set List

I normally play one to two hour sets of instrumental music. I vary the tempos a great deal and always bring out microtonal and 12-string guitars to change the pace.

I will often do Ani Difranco, Hendrix, or Leo Kottke covers, and sometimes throw in Dylan songs.