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Thompson, Wesley, Smith visit Texas

Friday, November 12, 2010 – The 2010 Cold Beers and Reindeers Tour with Josh Thompson featuring special guests Joanna Smith and James Wesley will run through Texas in December.

Thompson burst onto the country music scene with the release of his debut album, "Way Out Here." A native of Cedarburg, Wisc., Thompson began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere. Thompson's newest single, Won't Be Lonely Long, follows his top 15 single and the album's title track and his top 20 debut single, Beer On The Table. "Way Out Here" features 10 songs written or co-written by Thompson.

. Born in a small town in the southeast corner of Kansas, while still in high school, Wesley began singing in church, quickly moving to local bars and clubs while in college. After performing at live venues for several years, Wesley traveled to Nashville and met hit songwriter Rodney Clawson (Why, Amarillo Sky, Johnny Cash and I Saw God Today). Wesley eventually signed with Broken Bow. He has Top 30 single, Real, written by Neal Coty and Jimmy Melton

Smith, grew up in the small Georgia farm community of Crestview, Unincorporated. She knew she was destined to sing country music when at age five she told a judge at a talent contest, "I am already a country music singer, but I don't get to get onstage much." With no connections in Music City, she set out writing and singing demos, and in a little over a year signed her first publishing deal. Since then, she has had two songs cut (including Flying By on Billy Ray Cyrus' latest record," Home At Last"), and last fall, she signed a contract with Columbia Nashville and a publishing deal with Sony/ATV-Monument.

Tour dates are:

Dec. 8 Victoria Victoria Community Center

Dec. 9 Lufkin - Wildhorse Saloon

Dec. 10 Texarkana - Shooters

Dec. 14 Tyler - Electric Cowboy

Dec. 15 Abilene - Guitars and Cadillacs

Dec. 16 Wichita Falls - Outskirts

Dec. 17 Lubbock - Wild West

Dec. 18 Amarillo - Midnight Rodeo

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Change: The Lost Record Vol. 1 CD review - Change: The Lost Record Vol. 1
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Turn It Up CD review - Turn It Up
Josh Thompson's sophomore release, "Turn It Up" is his first on Toby Keith's Show Dog label. It seems to be a good match because both artists are cut from the same cloth. Thompson is also known as a champion of the everyman. Turns out they both have the same tendency to go over the top. Thompson excessively showcases the blue collar lifestyle the way Keith champions patriotism. In fact, eight of the 10 tracks involve drinking, some with unsubtle titles like "Drink, »»»
Way Out Here CD review - Way Out Here
On his debut, Josh Thompson shows he is capable of writing songs in his own voice even while sometimes bowing to the wishes of Nashville radio programmers. On his hit, Beer on the Table, Thompson sings of being a hard working everyman who breaks his back all week for the chance to blow off steam with some brews on the weekend. Throw in some banjo laced electric guitar hooks and a sing-along friendly chorus, and you have a radio ready country/pop song. In contrast, You Ain't Seen Country Yet »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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