About Richard Thompson, the Los Angeles Times might have put it best: "the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix." And the Times is not alone -- Rolling Stone has said much the same thing for years, most recently enshrining the folk-inflected Brit rocker in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists" ("one of rock's most dazzling stylists"). But critical enthusiasm pales in comparison to the rabid following he inspires in his legion of fans. Famed for his work as the leader of a groundbreaking band (Fairport Convention), a best-selling duo (Richard and Linda Thompson) and a solo performer and composer, Thompson is dynamite in pretty much any context, thanks to his incredible playing style and masterful way with a lyric. Now, as he tours behind his acclaimed new album Still ("It's hard to ask for more" -- Pitchfork), the master brings his trio to the Crest Theatre.