As all areas of the arts become more politicised this year, Geordie singer/songwriter RJ Thompson expresses his feelings in the contemplative, piano led cover of Bob Dylan’s classic anthem for change ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’.
“It is as relevant today as it was back in the 60s”
The track marks the first in a flurry of singles set for release in 2017, culminating in a full album in Autumn. Now though, in what promises to be an eventful few weeks, RJ shares with us these monochrome and tastefully understated visuals. Undoubtedly a brave cover, but sure to still find favour among the Nobel Prize winners purist fan base, rumbling drums and Thompson’s anthemic vocal build the track to a glorious crescendo. Motivational music at its finest.
“One to watch”
Last year proved that a bit of hard graft can take you anywhere, as RJ has shot from open mic nights around Tyneside to sharing the bill with Jools Holland and Joss Stone at The Royal Albert Hall. The list of accolades goes on for RJ, with his previous releases receiving high praise from BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. He’s also managed to score endorsement from Lowden Guitars and Two Rock Amplification.
“On the cusp of big things”