“I think Americana really just means roots music, and perhaps by including people like me they are trying to widen the boundaries of the genre,” said Thompson, who as a founding member of ‘60s folk-rock group Fairport Convention helped revive interest in traditional British folk music the waythe Weavers, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary and others did for American folk music in the 1950s and ‘60s. “In another era, perhaps they would have honored Bob Marley or Fela Kuti.”
"For this record, I was kind of inspired to write for a trio," he said in the press kit for "Electric," "kind of a more folky slant on Cream or the Jimi Hendrix Experience — a less powerful power trio. A wimp trio. I don't know — we'll think of a name."
Here's a short video with Thompson talking more about making the "Electric" album in Nashville:
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