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Keith Thompson Band / Press

“Independence is a faultless, flawless, blinding gem of a blues/rock album. From the opening explosion of Crash 'n' Burn to the sultry delta closing of Honest to God, not a second is wasted. The man behind it all is Keith Thompson an experienced and in demand musician he has gathered around him like minded disciples in the guise of Neil Simpson and Roy Adams from The Climax Blues Band, Patsy Gamble from the Little Big Horns and John Broomhall. But it's Thompson powerhouse singing and guitar riffs that blaze through the album. This is music that comes straight from those halcyon days when the British Blues explosion was giving way to the scruffier, freer, meaner and dirtier rock that was its love child. From there it has also taken the tradition of leaving no stone unturned. They have given true fans back the knot in their stomach. Michael Mee”

Michael Mee - Blues Matters

“Steel Strings & Bruised Reed - This is Thompson's first acoustic release, but far from his first album. There is, exquisite delicacy to Thompson's music, the sort of quality that terrifies when doing the washing up but engenders such enchanting pathos when found in art. Contributory to this delicacy is Thompson's sweet, yet modest vocals, his gentle, intricate acoustic plucking; the simplicity, even ascetism of what accompanies this; and, perhaps crucially, the modest contained air with which it is all performed. The consequence is not so much a sound as a mood, an all-consuming atmosphere of quiet tragedy, a very English sort of contained personal collapse. SS&BR is fine in every sense. Its quality - understated and anything but overt as it is - is easily missed for the music is brave enough to reward the intentness of the listener exponentially. But reward it most certainly does. Rating 9/10.”

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