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Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson moved to Nashville in January 2005, used his construction skills to pay the bills in the short-term, but applied the same labor-intensive work ethic he’d already built into his long-term dream. Within eight months, he had a publishing deal, and he added on a weekend touring schedule, honing his live sound and growing a repertoire. One of his original songs, “Growing Up Is Getting Old,” became the title track for a Jason Michael Carroll album. He landed another, “Church Pew Or Bar Stool,” on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, “Tough Goodbye” on Gary Allan’s Set You Free and contributed “A Man Don’t Have To Die” to Paisley’s This is Country Music. After logging more than a decade in another vocation, Thompson has a roll-up-the-sleeves practicality about his musical occupation. The uncertainty of a record deal is a by-product of the trade. The unsettled, roller-coaster nature of touring is merely a series of different job sites. The emotional turmoil that plagues some of his peers is, to Thompson, just a cost of doing business. The music industry “makes a lot of people bitter, makes a lot of people move, pisses a lot of people off,” he shrugs. “It can. But being in the construction industry, doing concrete everyday – whatever you do, you’re gonna hate it at some point. That saying, ‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life?’ I always thought was way off. My take on it is, ‘If you do what you love, you’ll hate it a lot of days, but you’ll never want to do anything else.’ That’s this. I will never want to do anything else.”
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Friday at Country Jam 2014 Was Filled With Awesome Shows That Included Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson, Kellie Pickler, Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum

Friday is a beloved day of the week for most, but at Country Jam it was even better than usual! Rachel Lipsky, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson, Kellie Pickler, Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum each put on great sets for a packed house (‘er… venue)

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Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett + More Rattle the Mountains at 2014 Country Jam Colorado [Pictures]

Lady Antebellum drew the largest crowds at 2014 Country Jam Colorado on Friday night, but opener Thomas Rhett proved he's well on his way to becoming a headliner as well. Kellie Pickler, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson and Rachel Lipsky all played country's most scenic stage for Day 2 of Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Baby Antebellum Update, Thomas Rhett’s Dance Moves + More — Backstage at 2014 Country Jam Colorado

Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott talked about what their babies are up to before taking the stage with Charles Kelley and Lady Antebellum at 2014 Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colo. on Friday night. Of course for Haywood, Baby A isn't born yet, but he was kind enough to provide a pregnancy update. They're just one of over a dozen artists who stopped to talk with Taste of Country backstage at the festival.

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Josh Thompson Interview: New ‘Turn It Up’ Album Explores His Small-Town Roots

Josh Thompson's new 'Turn It Up' album (April 1) sticks to what the singer does best. The 10 songs fall in line with the unique brand of blue collar country this Wisconsin native introduced on 'Way Out Here' in 2010. A lots changed since then, but a few important things have stayed the same.

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New Artist Additions Complete 2014 Country Jam Lineup

With summer drawing ever closer, we are happy to announce the final artist additions to the Major Mortgage Country Jam 2014 lineup. We've found some stellar performers to open for our already-announced headliners Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Jake Owen and Brantey Gilbert.

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