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Roots Run Deep



By Rick Koster , Day Arts Writer
Published on 5/10/2007

• Vince Thompson brings his brand of roots-oriented music to the Blue Collar Happy Hour at the Bank Street Café Friday.

There are many benefits to the Blue Collar Happy Hour that takes off like a warhead each Friday afternoon at the Bank Street Café. At the fore would be a dawning awareness that, in addition to the so-called New London music scene is another area music scene, one featuring country- and roots-oriented bands and artists. In addition, then, to the indie aesthetic of the former, there is now a serious pickers' mentality.
Vince Thompson is the latest of these locals to step onto the Blue Collar stage. Intimately associated with many of these folks — his brother Curtiss is in the Village Jammers and his close pal Jim Carpenter is omnipresent on the scene in every capacity — Vince's debut CD, “Hurricane,” is due to drop in the next two weeks.
Produced by Carpenter and to be issued on his Loco Dare label, Thompson's “Hurricane” is a thoughtful, literate and melodic work that conjures what might happen if James Taylor raised B.W. Stevenson from the grave and they hotwired Vince Gill's tour bus for an all-night ride to Nashville.
Thompson and his band will perform material from “Hurricane” as well as a few surprises — and look for plenty of talented guests on hand to either share the stage or buy him beer.
Oh, and for those who can't make it to the Heaven and Hell show on Tuesday, War Pigs, a Black Sabbath tribute band, will take the Café stage for the regular Friday night music slot.
Vince Thompson, Blue Collar Happy Hour, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Bank Street Café, 639 Bank St., New London; free; War Pigs; $5; 444-1444, bankstreetcafe.com.

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- The New London Day


An Overdue Debut



By Rick Koster
Published on 6/28/2007

Vince Thompson is perhaps our finest Great Old Hope. The perpetually happy high school math teacher, who has all along picked guitar and written honky-tonk and clever narrative folk tunes, has slowly emerged in late middle age and is establishing himself in local clubs as a reliable and entertaining performer.
This is not the guitar equivalent of Thompson buying a Porsche and trolling Hooters franchises, by the way. Thompson spent several years in the Navy and has helped support his family as a teacher — and music has been a trusty hobby all along.
That he only recently got around to recording “Hurricane,” his very fine debut CD, is overdue news for all of us — and Thompson is celebrating with a release party Saturday at Sneekers Café in Groton. Special guest stars like Jay Dempsey, Cecile Thompson and “Hurricane” producer Jim Carpenter will be there, and one of our finest guitarists, Jim Oblon, is in Thompson's band. Obviously, copies of “Hurricane” will be for sale.
Vince Thompson CD Release Party, 8:30 p.m. Sat., Sneekers Cafe, 568 Poquonnock Rd., Groton; free; 445-1967.

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- The New London Day


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