Richard Thompson performing “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” at the Ruby Diamond Auditorium in Tallahassee, Fla., January 23, 2013"This is my answer to punk rock," Thompson told the audience, wryly noting that the song was "almost a hit" in the early ’70s.

Richard Thompson performing “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” at the Ruby Diamond Auditorium in Tallahassee, Fla., January 23, 2013

"This is my answer to punk rock," Thompson told the audience, wryly noting that the song was "almost a hit" in the early ’70s.