Although Columbia Nashville’s Josh Thompson is spending most of his hot summer days splashing around with Brad Paisley on the H20 World Tour, he often plays his own headlining club shows on his days off. This past weekend, Josh headed to Minneapolis where he was greeted by an over-capacity crowd and performed his first-ever sold-out headlining date at The Cabooze. Only two other acts have sold-out that venue in the past.
Josh’s crowd that night was particularly rowdy, singing along to every song he played, including his current single “Way Out Here.” After he finished his set, the audience didn’t leave until Josh came back for an encore. He informed the crowd that he was going to try out a brand-new song he had written just two weeks before. The crowd listened and by the end of the tune, they were singing along to the chorus.
“As a songwriter and an artist, the biggest payoff you can get is watching people sing your lyrics back at you,” Thompson says of the experience. Josh wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on his debut album¸ Way Out Here, in stores everywhere.
Columbia Nashville newcomer Josh Thompson burst onto the country album sales chart this week, as his debut album Way Out Here earns first-week sales in excess of 15,000 units, the # 9 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and #28 on the Top 200 chart. Way Out Here is the highest debut from a new country act this year, and the highest debut from a new solo male since Justin Moore in August 2009.
Josh Thompson’s second single and the album’s title track, “Way Out Here,” will follow-up the Top 20 hit “Beer On The Table.” The title refers to a backwoods, simpler way of life, where people refuse handouts and homes are “protected by the good Lord and a gun.” Of the album’s 10 tracks produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), Josh wrote or co-wrote each of them, collaborating with some of Nashville’s A-list writers including Rhett Akins, David Lee Murphy, George Ducas, Casey Beathard and Dallas Davidson. “Way Out Here” will be available to country radio next week, officially impacting on March 29.
Josh’s debut album has drawn praise from countless critics including NPR Fresh Air’s Ken Tucker who lauds, “Way Out Here is impressive not just for the confidence of Thompson’s delivery, but also for its consistency… he comes on like an old pro at making country-music albums. That is, he makes them the way they used to, when albums arrived on vinyl, five songs to a side.” Way Out Here has impressed other media outlets including People Magazine, Country Weekly, AOL’s The Boot, CMT.com and Roughstock.com who touts the album as “is one of the most impressive country debuts in recent history.”
In addition to listening for the new single, Josh Thompson fans can catch any of his shows on the Jagermeister Country Tour which runs through March. Fans can also look forward to seeing him on the road this summer as he joins Brad Paisley’s H20 2010 World Tour starting in May.
After playing three sold-out shows on the Jagermeister Country Tour this past weekend, Josh Thompson is heading to his hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate the release of his debut album, Way Out Here, in stores tomorrow. Tonight, Thompson will be signing CDs and performing at a club event presented by WMIL at the Northern Lights Theatre. On tomorrow’s release day, Josh will visit his friends at KEEY before playing a club event and CD signing at The Cabooze in Minneapolis.
Josh Thompson’s Columbia Nashville debut Way Out Here features his Top 20 single, “Beer On The Table,” as well as 9 additional songs that he wrote or co-wrote. Josh began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere. That work ethic, the honesty in his writing and the energy in his performances have combined to make Josh Thompson a powerful new voice in country music. Way Out Here is a collection of songs that showcases a man who has lived the music he makes.
“This past year has been fast and crazy – but I love fast and crazy!” Josh says of the February 23 album release. “I am beside myself that my debut album will hit stores all over this country tomorrow. I hope the fans enjoy this piece of my life and music as much as I did living and creating it.”
Thompson will return to Music City on Wednesday in preparation for Country Radio Seminar, which is in Nashville this week. He will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Friday night before heading up to Bowling Green, KY for another club show later that evening.
Josh Thompson fans anxiously awaiting the February 23rd release of Way Out Here can now pre-order their copy of forthcoming debut album on Thompson’s official website. Fans who pre-order the album on www.joshthompsonofficial.com will also receive an autographed booklet. Visitors to the site can also view videos and upload photos, follow Josh on Twitter, check on upcoming events, interact in forums, and compete for the top score on the “Whack-A-Beer” online game. Fans also have the ability to stream and purchase all four tracks already available on Thompson’s self-titled digital EP.
While critics have already pegged Thompson as the artist to watch in the New Year, country music fans have also voted Josh Thompson as the “artist they are most excited about for 2010,” in a recent poll taken on gactv.com. Thompson won the fan voted poll with a staggering 56% of the votes! To see the full gactv.com poll results, click here.
With Way Out Here available in stores on February 23rd, his debut single, “Beer on the Table,” climbing up the airwaves and landing at MediaBase’s #18 spot this week, and his 32-date Jagermeister Country Tour kicking off next month, Thompson has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year.
Columbia Nashville newcomer Josh Thompson didn’t waste any time starting the New Year. Instead, he ushered in 2010 by playing his first time ever in the Mother Church of country music, the Ryman Auditorium, on New Years’ Day. “That was the closest I’ll ever get to floating,” he said of the performance. “It was a huge honor and a dream come true.” Thompson will also be playing Nashville Lifestyles’ “Music in the City,” event on January 19, and will spend the rest of this month playing his own tour dates before joining Eric Church on the 32-date Jagermeister Country Tour, which kicks off February 9 in Baltimore, MD.
Thompson will continue his method of tour travel the old-fashioned way, packing up his trusty van (whom he fondly calls “Van-A-White”) and piling in his band mates and gear to get to the shows. Adorning “Van-A-White’s” antennae is the aptly named mustached baby-doll, “Van Wilder.” The current “Van Wilder” is a clone of the original, who was brazenly stolen first during a show at the Hard Rock in Boston, then stolen again in Nashville. Any tips or leads on the baby-stealing culprits can be posted on www.joshthompsonofficial.com. Fans can get updates on “Van-A-White’s” adventures via Josh’s twitter page, @TheJoshThompson.
With his debut single, “Beer on the Table,” rocking the country airwaves, and his forthcoming album Way Out Here getting praise from critics, Thompson already has a lot to celebrate. On GAC’s Year-End Review, Billboard’s Wade Jessen recognized Josh Thompson as one to watch in 2010, and predicted that his current Top 25 single, “Beer On The Table,” “could be the break-through hit” early this year. CMT.com’s Alison Bonaguro shared a similar sentiment, praising Josh Thompson’s songs to be “the kind of country music that made me fall in love with country music.”
Fans looking forward to the February 23rd release can now pre-order Way Out Here on amazon.com.
Country music fans from all over are getting buzzed off of Josh Thompson’s debut single “Beer On The Table.” The upbeat song about working hard to party hard is currently Top 30 at radio and climbing up the country chart.
Of the debut single, Roughstock.com’s Bobby Peacock praises, “Josh has an everyman quality to his voice that lends it a sense of authenticity, making for a highly engaging listen…he’ll definitely be an artist to watch in the coming years.” WCTK MD Jessica Tyler agrees, adding “The last time that I felt this way about a new artist was after I first heard Lady Antebellum. Josh is the next new artist breakthrough in country music!”
Thankfully, fans can hear even more Josh Thompson music when his self-titled, digital EP becomes available on all digital outlets tomorrow. Produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), the four-track EP includes Top 30 single, as well as “Won’t Be Lonely Long” which Josh co-wrote with George Ducas and Arlis Albritton, “Way Out Here,” the title track to his forthcoming CD which he wrote with David Lee Murphy and Casey Beathard and the powerful self- penned, “Sinner.”