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Richard Thompson

The Lowell Summer Music Series this week announced three shows to its 2013 lineup with Richard Thompson, Boz Scaggs, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell playing at Boarding House Park.

Thompson, the British folk rocker who cut his teeth as teen guitarist and songwriter with the iconic Fairport Convention, returns to Lowell on Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of the concert. Thompson is a critic's darling who ranked among the top 20 of Rolling Stone's list of the Best Guitarists of All Time. His new album, Electric, was produced by Buddy Miller, who toured with Harris, Shawn Colvin and Patti Griffin a few years ago.

Harris and Crowell (who used to be in Harris' Hot Band in the 1970s) come to Lowell on Thursday, July 18. Tickets to the show are $48 in advance, $60 the day of the show. You'll have the rare opportunity to see Harris, an enduring presence in country music who has worked with everyone from Gram Parsons to Vince Gill to George Jones. Harris and Crowell are touring behind Old Yellow Moon, their first official album-length collaboration, but these long-time friends have more than 40 years of history to draw upon, making this a highlight on the LSMS lineup.

Scaggs, who comes to Lowell on Saturday, July 13, went to school with the legendary Steve Miller, and is a multi-faceted musician who has done everything from blues, rhythm and blues, rock and jazz over nearly 50 years. Perhaps his biggest hits were "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" but his contribution to the Urban Cowboy soundtrack led to his 1980 hit "Look What You've Done to Me" and his 1987 comeback album Other Roads led to a final Top 40 hit with 1988's "Heart of Mine."

In the 1990s, his participation in Donald Fagen's New York Rock and Soul Revue led to the first of two collaborations with fellow Lowell Summer Music Series artist Michael McDonald. Scaggs and McDonald worked together last year with Fagen as The Dukes of September, playing a 47-city tour performing their own material along with R&B and soul classics.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at www.lowellsummermusic.org.