Richard Thompson’s done it all. In fact my college roommate had his guitar instruction cassettes of him teaching elaborate traditional folk fingerpicking. These pieces were amazing and should have been released on their own merit.
The only problem with Richard Thompson is whether or not his producer is going to muck it all up. His new record, Sweet Warrior, is co-produced by himself so I think he’s got the sound he was hoping for. On the first song released, the prog-folk “Needle and Thread”, the mix is layered, yet simple enough to let the song’s lyrics come though and still highlight the truly incredible musianship.