Bounce-Worthy: Dinner At The Thompson’s

How I've overlooked Franco-US collaboration Dinner At The Thompson's is beyond me. However, with the help of their new album, Off the Grid, I'm getting acquainted with them quickly. Comprised of NY born, California raised vocalist/spoken word artists Lucille Tee and French producer/instrumentalist FabLive, the duo blend soul, funk, jazz, electronica, and a helping of '90's hip hop to create a sound somewhere between trip-hop pioneers Portishead and Brit-Funksters Brand New Heavies, albeit with their own distinctive spin on things. They met when Lucille was living and working in Prague at the same time as FabLive was touring and performing as part of a back-up band. Lucille attended one of their shows and was so impressed she joined them on stage. The rest, as they say, is history. Vocally Lucille is somewhat of a chameleon, shaping her vocals to the varied sounds that FabLive conjours up. She would be equally at home in a smoky jazz-joint as she would be storming the stage at in an all-out funk jam. The duo already have 2007's Lifetime On Planet Earth under their belt and released Off The Grid in select European countries late last year, with a UK/US release on May 17th of this year. You can take a listen to the first single, "How Can I," and "Different Being," which features soul veteran Lee Fields, below. They are currently on a tour of the US, dates of which can be found after the bounce.

Dinner At The Thompson's US Tour Dates:

May 23 - Fat Baby, New York, NY
May 24 - The Fire Club, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Phone Calls From Home & This Condition)
May 25 - AVA Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA
May 26 - Two Boots, Bridgeport, CT
May 27 - Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, PA
May 30 - Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, NE (Son Of 76 Release Party)
June 2 - Orpheum, Tampa, FL
June 3 - New Earth Music Hall, Athens, GA
June 4 - Lomax Lodge, Jocksonville, FL
June 5 - Grant Street Dance Hall, Lafayette, LA
June 8 - The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
June 9 - Beauty Bar, Austin, TX
June 10 - Low Brow Place, El Paso, TX
June 11 - Show, Los Angeles, CA

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