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article imageInterview with Josh Thompson: 'Cold Beer with Your Name on It' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 9, 2013 in Entertainment
On August 6, I chatted via phone with Show Dog Universal Music country recording artist Josh Thompson, where he spoke about his new single “Cold Beer with Your Name on It” and his future plans in music.
His song “Way Out Here” reached the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts in 2010. Josh’s music reflects on the gritty realities of blue-collar life, as well as the beer-fueled release of the Friday night honky tonks.
Josh’s new single is available on iTunes and it will be impacting radio on August 12. “It’s my first single off my second record which will be coming out on Show Dog Universal. It’s the first outside song that I have cut and I remember the day that I heard it in the publishing songwriting community. A lot of us trade songs and I was proud to get this song and when I listened to it I thought that it sounded like a hit. I am thrilled that it is the new single and I love it,” he said.
He noted that his personal favorite song is “Sinner” from his debut album. “I wrote it by myself and I feel that is all true and it cuts to the core of who I am as a person and artist and I feel that it relates to a lot of people,” Josh said.
This fall, Josh will be joining fellow country artist Justin Moore on his headlining “Off The Beaten Path” tour, where he will share the stage with Randy Houser. “The tour starts in November and it has 54 shows, where Justin, Randy and I will be on all the dates together. I am a fan of both of those guys and I have known them both for years. It’s going to be a great hang and it’s going to be a great show,” he said.
He has partnered with NRA Country throughout the year to give fans exclusive VIP experience at his shows. “NRA and country music go hand in hand together and it is about people that believe in good American values and they love be outside and go camping, canoeing and fishing. We partner with them and every night we do a contest where fans sign up online and we pick four or five fans a night and we hang out backstage and sign a few autographs and we get to talk and know each other. It’s a really cool experience and I have met a lot of great people that way,” he said.
A true road warrior, Josh plays over 150 shows a year, and he has shared the stage with such country mega-stars as Eric Church, Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr. and Rodney Atkins. “All of these artists are great. Eric was my first tour and all of them are phenomenal. They all really do care about new artists and up-coming artists and they build a relationship with most of them. It was great to be on the same ticket as them,” he said.
On March 24, 2013, Josh played at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, in Long Island, New York, where he opened for Rodney Atkins. “That was awesome. I love New York since it has some great country music fans and it’s always a blast when I go there,” he said.
A prolific songwriter, Josh’s songs have been cut by such artists as Jason Aldean (“Church Pew or Bar Stool”), Brad Paisley (“A Man Don’t Have to Die”), Gary Allan (“Tough Goodbye”) and James Wesley (“Thank a Farmer”). “That was honestly one of the biggest honors since these are guys that I really look up to and I hold them in the highest regards. The fact that they heard a song of mine and they loved it enough to put it on a record is a huge honor,” he said.
He also co-wrote Broken Bow recording country artist James Wesley’s latest single “Thank a Farmer,” with Dustin Lynch and Steve Bogart. “That was great since the song idea came from church signs that would say ‘Thank a Farmer’ so we wrote the song, and the folks at Broken Bow loved it and they passed it along to James Wesley and he did a great job with it. It was just phenomenal,” he said. “James is really a great dude and we did a 2-week tour together and we covered a pretty good portion of Texas and it was a good time.”
Josh listed Patty Loveless and Lee Ann Womack as the female artists in country that he would love to someday record a duet with. “I am huge fan of Lee Ann’s voice and the songs that she picks are great. Patty is awesome and I am a huge fan of hers and I would really enjoy that too,” he said.
The Wisconsin native shared that he was inspired by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt and George Jones.
To learn more about Josh Thompson and his new music, visit his official website.
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