Ron Thompson (blues guitarist) is confirmed dead at the age of 66.
Ron was best known as a American blues guitarist (John Lee Hooker).
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Ron Thompson
Born(1953-07-05)July 5, 1953
Oakland, California, United States
DiedFebruary 15, 2020(2020-02-15) (aged 66)
GenresElectric blues, blues rock[1]
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsSlide guitar, vocals
Years activeEarly 1970s–2020
LabelsBlind Pig, various
WebsiteOfficial website
Ron Thompson (July 5, 1953 – February 15, 2020) was an American electric blues and blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. Thompson released nine albums after 1983 on labels including Blind Pig. He worked with Little Joe Blue, John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, Etta James and Big Mama Thornton.
Thompson commented on his preferred style, "blues is like a medicine, or religion to me, it'll cleanse your soul". Meanwhile, Mick Fleetwood stated, "Ron Thompson is my favorite guitarist".
1 Life and career
2 Discography
3 See also
4 References
5 External links
Life and career
Thompson was born in Oakland, California, United States, and had mastered basic guitar and slide guitar techniques by his mid-teens. He was educated at Newark Memorial High School, in Newark, California. In the early 1970s, Thompson played backing to Little Joe Blue, and worked solo and as a sideman in San Francisco Bay Area clubs. He joined John Lee Hooker's backing band in 1975, staying with him for three years. In 1980, Thompson formed his own group, the Resistors, and secured a recording contract with Takoma Records. He played at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 1978, 1979 and 1983.
In 1983, he released his debut album, Treat Her Like Gold. Thompson also found employment separately working with Lowell Fulson, Etta James and Big Mama Thornton. Thompson's second album Resister Twister was released in 1987 and nominated for a Grammy Award, plus 1990's Just Like a Devil, was taken from his work on Mark Naftalin's Blue Monday Party radio show.
Thompson's 2007 album, Resonator was a purely acoustic production.
Record label
Treat Her Like Gold
Resister Twister
Blind Pig
Just Like a Devil
Magic Touch
Poore Boy
Just Pickin'
Acrobat Music
Still Resisting
Poore Boy
Son of Boogie Woogie
Little Village Foundation
With John Lee Hooker
The Cream (Tomato, 1978)
See also
List of electric blues musicians
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