Overlooked Teddy Thompson pours his heart into ‘Bella’ 

Could this be the year that long-overlooked artist Teddy Thompson finally breaks through?

The guy is folk-rock royalty — his parents are the Richard and Linda Thompson — but he’s never been able to catch a break as a solo artist. But his brand-new set “Bella” — out this week on Verve/Forecast — should change all that.

Produced by David Kahne, it achieves the perfect balance between the traditional English folk he’s grounded in and the peppier pop-rock-country melodies that are in his heart. He’s spent his life recording and touring with his mom and dad, separately. It’s about time the Brit stepped into the spotlight.

One thing’s for sure — he certainly poured his heart into “Bella.”

Like Nick Cave before him, he rented a 9 to 5 office where he punched in every workday for songwriting sessions, long before he ever enlisted Kahne. He also gave himself a deadline, added incentive to make every minute — and note — count. With his comfortable touring band backing him, he cut the record at Manhattan’s Avatar Studio, once the home of the historic Power Station.

If you haven’t heard Thompson yet, discover him now at www.teddythompson.com.

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