Thompson splits from RCA
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
– Josh Thompson reportedly has split with RCA, Country Aircheck reported today.
Thompson released his debut disc in 2010, spawning the hit Beer on the Table, Way Out Here and Won't Be Lonely Long.
Apparently, the relationship between Thompson and his label changed since earlier this month. In a July 2 interview with Sony Entertainment Network, Thompson was asked about his plans for the year. "We're booked through the end of December, basically. Doing our own things: clubs, fairs, festivals, the honky tonks and we'll be out in Vegas for a while. The new record is done, so we're just working this first single called, "Comin' Around," and hopefully the record will be out sometime this year," he said.
Thompson, a Wisconsin native, had signed to Columbia, but was switched to RCA Nashville in August 2011 in a label restructuring. Thompson also has enjoyed success as a songwriter with both Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley recording his songs on their most recent albums.
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