Perhaps there will be some good songs about the quagmire that musicians can dredge up 100 years from now. In the meantime, Thompson will soon be releasing a live CD of his old songs that fans have been bugging him to do, and is trying to complete his home-recorded solo acoustic album. It will be out next year, he says, "if they'll stop making so much noise next door. They're tearing the house down and it's unbelievably noisy."
Richard Thompson and 1,000 years of popular music at the Irvine Barclay theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646. www.thebarclay.org wed., 8 pm. $35. All ages.