Josh Thompson goes home again
Monday, February 22, 2010
– After three sold-out shows on the Jagermeister Country Tour this past weekend opening for Eric Church, Josh Thompson is heading to his hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate the release of his debut album, "Way Out Here," Tuesday.
Tonight, Thompson will be signing CDs and performing at a club event presented by WMIL at the Northern Lights Theatre. On release day, Thompson visits KEEY before playing a club event and CD signing at The Cabooze in Minneapolis.
The disc, "Way Out Here," features his Top 20 single, Beer On The Table, as well as 9 additional songs that he wrote or co-wrote. Thompson began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12. "This past year has been fast and crazy - but I love fast and crazy," he said. "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."
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