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Verlon Thompson and Friends in Concert

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Verlon Thompson and Friends in Concert
‘A joyful gathering and sharing of songs’

Verlon Thompson returns to the St Margaret’s stage in 2022.

“A few years ago I led a week-long songwriting workshop in Scotland. Our lodging and classroom was the beautiful Kincardine Castle on the River Dee west of Aberdeen. When we weren’t strolling the beautiful estate or eating like kings and queens we managed to get down to the business of songwriting and honing our craft. But the most beautiful magic was when we gathered with the talented and gracious musicians from the area.

The music we shared in the great room of the castle, the pubs, churches and venues…it was all so beautifully spontaneous and joyful that I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I returned to Tennessee. There were lots of pictures and cell phone recordings of these gatherings but I found myself wishing I had better documented those beautiful moments. So…..Scotland, I’m coming back!

I’m returning in 2022 with another group of songwriters, but this time I’m bringing an award winning documentary filmmaker, who also just happens to be my beautiful wife (she should get an award for that as well!). With plans to enlist an agile and professional sound engineer to follow us around, I hope to recapture some of the magic and music that followed me home…and has never stopped calling me back.”

Songwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb.

Add Verlon Thompson to that list.

Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Suzy Bogguss, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more.

Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon’s guitar work cannot go unnoticed. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark.

Verlon co-produced Guy Clark’s Grammy nominated CD “Cold Dog Soup” as well as “The Dark”, “Workbench Songs” and “Somedays the Song Writes You”.

As the in-house musician for Genuine Human Productions, Thompson scores themes and background music for documentaries and special film projects.

Verlon Thompson is currently on the road. Or in the studio. Or writing in his bunkhouse on the river in Tennessee…
….but never far from the fertile plains of Oklahoma.

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