Country Christmas Music Top 5 #5

Thompson Square – Christmas in Dixie

Thompson Square (Keifer Thompson) Interview Audio and Pictures

Thompson Square (Keifer Thompson) Interview 9/5/2014

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Okay, it has finally uploaded on youtube so this is my interview with Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square on his marriage, his music and how it makes him feel. Also on how he feels about music streaming sites. After talking to him, I will be buying more albums and singles rather than streaming or downloading them for free. Listen to this interview and you may rethink it too.

NC2CA: Tell me about the first time you heard Shawna sing?

KT: The First time I heard her sing was in Nashville at the Nashville Palace. It was actually the first time we met. I was literally just dumb-founded and I just never heard a voice like that before. I actually talked to her and was hitting on her before I heard her sing. That was just like Icing on the cake for me. I think she’s the best Country singer, the best female Country singer in town…. There’s a quality in her voice I’ve never heard and it’s kinda a combination of Reba, Shelby-Lynn and I dunno it’s almost dead on pitch perfect all the time… I can listen to her everyday and never get tired of it.

NC2CA: How does it feel to be described or referred to as the new age Johnny and June?

KT: Well, that’s quite the company to keep. We really admire those two and look up to them and you know, Johnny’s one of my massive influences. The first time we did the Opry they put us in the Duet room. All the photos in there are duos. The first time we were in there, Shawna got, you know it was like an emotional moment or whatever but it was really cool we were watching this T.V. show about Johnny and June and they were on stage singing and stuff and Shawna just starts bawling and goes back to the back and it’s just because I think we can relate to them better than a lot of people because I know we have that kind of love for each other. It was unconditional and very special. I think we found our first love in Nashville… we just kinda relate to that whole situation. They’re just two beautiful people who aren’t perfect but loved each other for their imperfections you know so it’s quite an honor.

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NC2CA: How do you keep thing new and interesting on the road?

KT: Well, We’re just kind of buddies and we like to laugh. We laugh a lot. She makes me laugh and I don’t think I’ve ever dated a girl that’s made me laugh as much as I can make her laugh and I think that’s a huge thing… The comic relief in a marriage is just massive. I couldn’t be with someone who wasn’t funny. We don’t really work at anything, we’re just really good friends. We fight like cats and dogs sometimes like everybody else and we just learn how to deal with it to where we extinguish it quickly and don’t ever bring it up again. We don’t harbor any of that crap. Pride is a terrible, terrible thing in an instance like that.

NC2CA: Is that how “Let’s Fight” was inspired?

KT: I actually wrote that song with a couple buddies of mine Kip Moore and Weston Davis. And actually that’s not what inspired the song because we didn’t fight. It’s let’s force a fight so we can make up…

NC2CA: What songs mean the most to you?

KT: I don’t know that I can answer that. Um, it continually changes. I mean we wrote a song on this record called “What am I Gonna Do” which was only available at Wal-mart. It was a song that we wrote for her dad after he passed away and I decided/ I opted out of the song. I just wanted her to sing it by herself. It’s just really important. I wanna create song we can do it 30 years and I can remember why I wrote that and this is one of those songs. It’s just a beautiful song.

NC2CA: A lot of people get proposed to at your shows.

KT: A ton!

NC2CA: Do you still get surprised every time or is it pretty expected?

KT: I don’t think surprised is the word, we’re honored every time. It’s a really cool thing, to be able to say that your music is important enough for somebody to use it for that because that’s a huge step, it’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make as a human being and to include us in there, it’s an honor.

NC2CA: What were you doing and how did you feel when you realized “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” had hit number one on the charts?

KT: I have a horrible memory so I can’t remember where it was at but I remember it was a big frikkin deal. We both felt that was one step closer to making it. With success comes a lot of pressure.

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NC2CA: What is your message to your fans?

KT: Well I have so many messages; one is Thank You for everything you’ve done for us. We have a great core group of fans. My main message is not just for our fans but music fans in general, and that is if you love bands music, our music, whoever’s music, prove it by buying it.

He explains here, why you should buy the music instead of streaming it very well in the interview but it wouldn’t come across right in print so listen to this interview. It is important to buy the music rather than download or stream it for free. There is a whole lot more you can get from him if you just listen to this interview once.

NC2CA: Last Question, Is there anything I didn’t ask that you want your fans to know?

KT: I think we covered everything, we’re just in the process of writing a new record right now and probably go in the studio here in a couple months and begin that new process but this is gonna be quite a metamorphosis, I believe, for Thompson Square. It’s gonna be kinda different but we’re super excited with it so I can’t wait to bring it out!

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Click Here for the full interview!

Thompson Square will be back near Sacramento on October 8th at The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA for Country Uncorked! It’s a 21 and over event. Music starts at 6:30. Doors open at 5:30. Parking is FREE!

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I recently went to the T2 show in Reno, NV on Aug 15th. I was going to do a show review but then I was contacted by one of their publicists and I get to interview them. So that post will be held until after my interview. I don’t have a set date yet because she needs to check with them for when they are available but it will be relatively soon.

I’m beyond excited for this chance to interview more artists who truly inspire me. There are no words I can use to describe how I feel about this! Such a great opportunity and there are more to come.

Keep reading my blog and you’ll get some inside info about the American Country Awards as well.

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Artist of the Week – Thompson Square!

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This choice was a no-brainer. Everyone knows how much I Love Love Love Thompson Square and I just got word that they are coming here! To my hometown Orangevale, Ca for the Pow-Wow Days Carnival May 18th. I am beyond excited!

Thompson Square is a husband and wife Country Music Duo. In 2010 they were signed to Stoney Creek Records releasing the singles “Let’s Fight” and “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” the same year. Their 2nd single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”, released July 12, 2010, was the duo’s first #1 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart. T2’s first album, Thompson Square, was released Feb 8th, 2011. The Recording Industry Association of America certified this album double-platinum. It was the 2nd Country Music Album I had bought the day it came out. Not long after the album was released their 3rd single “I Got You” hit Country Radio but peaked at #8 on the CM charts.

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In 2011, T2 won 3 awards and the American Country Awards in Las Vegas, NV. They were nominated for 7 Awards that night including Single by Duo/Group, Single by Breakthrough Artist and Music Video by New Artist which they won with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not“. They were up against some tough competition so it was a great honor to win even 3 of 7 awards. They were also nominated for 2 CMT awards, 2 CMA awards and an American Music award the same year.

Thompson Square’s 4th single  “Glass“, released Jan 30th, 2012, only reached #15 on the charts. Personally I think both of those singles should have made it to #1 but I am not in charge of everything.

“Glass” is the perfect relationship song if you’re not sure how you two will work out. It’s still a love song but it’s more of a ‘let’s give this a shot’ kinda song. Although not all of these songs made it to #1, they still were top 20 hits. 

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On April 1st, 2012 Keifer and Shawna Thompson won Vocal Duo of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The same year they were up for 2 Grammy’s, 3 CMT awards including winning Duo Video of the Year for “I Got You”, and 2 CMA’s including winning Vocal Duo of the year. 

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The end of 2012 the Vocal Duo of the Year released their 5th single ”If I Didn’t Have You“. It hit #1 on Country Airplay Charts in May of last year, 2013. S & K Thompson’s 2nd album Just Feels Good was released March 23, 2013. The 2nd single from that album “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About” is what really made this Duo a force to be reckoned with. The single reached #4 on Country Airplay charts bringing them their 4th top 10 hit.

Other than their crazy music success, their relationship is something to strive for. I hear a lot of woman say they want relationships and marriages like that of Thompson Square. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t one of those women. 

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#Firsttweets Lauren Alaina

Ever wondered what your first tweet ever said? Instead of going through your timeline (which would take like a zillion hours for some of us) there is now a site to find it.
http://discover.twitter.com/first-tweet

You can type in your username or the username of any person you are curious to see what their first tweet was.

I was sure my first tweet was about Lauren Alaina and I was right. I retweeted one of her tweets.

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A few more #firsttweets are from @Lauren_Alaina

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@Thefarmmusic

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@ladyAntebellum

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and @thompsonsqaure!

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This is pretty interesting and I’ll probably be obsessed with this for awhile.