After six years of relative silence, British folk-rock legend Linda Thompson released Won’t Be Long Now on October 15. On the album, ex-husband Richard Thompson collaborates with Linda for the first time since 2002. It also features songs co-written with Ron Sexsmith and son Teddy Thompson. We asked the British folk legend about the new record, her inspirations and her songwriting process.
How would you describe Won’t Be Long Now?
It’s family all the way. Sort of reverse nepotism, in that they’re at least as prominent as me on this one.
How would you compare it to your last album?
Who are your songwriting heroes?
Hank Williams. Neil Sedaka. Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Jackie De Shannon. That’s some of them.
When did you start writing songs? Were they good right away, or did that come later?
I first wrote a song when I was 18/19 but I didn’t like it, and I didn’t write another till my mid-thirties. Maybe that first one was my best, instead of my worst. Not my call.
What’s the last song you wrote or started?
Bonny Boys with my grandson Zak Hobbs. We just recorded it in New York.
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