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Written by SLN Staff Writer
Listen UP!

Josh Thompson

It’s that time again- we have another artist that we want to introduce to you!

Meet newcomer Josh Thompson…

Thompson is making waves at country radio with his debut single “Beer On The Table.” The song landed at No.22 on the Mediabase charts this week and we have a good feeling it will contine to climb the charts in the coming weeks.

Josh grew up in Milwaukee with his mother and father. In his early teenage years he began working for his father’s concrete business and became a journeyman concrete finisher at nineteen.

“Singing and songwriting were never even in my mind as being a career for me,” Thompson admits. He says he was actually interested in sports.

“I was quite a rambunctious kid,” he says, “and instead of putting me on Ritalin, my parents opted to put me in gymnastics.” His twelve years as a first-rate gymnast included two as all-around state champion, and he was active in football and track in high school.

After graduating high school, Thompson worked in the concrete business for three years then decided to go to college. While attending college, at the age of 21, he got his first guitar.

“I took lessons for a while, but once I could make three or four chords, I picked up the rest on my own and started writing. It was almost like a drug for me. I had to do it,” he says.

The rest is history. Thompson moved to Nashville and scored a publishing deal after just 7 months of attending writers’ nights. He is best known for penning the title track of Jason Michael Carroll’s latest album, Growing Up Is Getting Old.

Although he’s already come so far, Thompson’s journey is just beginning… He’s already opened up for artists such as Jamey Johnson and Hank Jr and says that he loves high-energy crowds.

“I love feeding on the crowd,” he says. “I love to get them rowdy and get rowdy back. I like to put on a show, to run around and beat the drums a little bit–literally. My drummer gets pissed off sometimes because cymbals are expensive, but what are you gonna do? Music makes you do some crazy things sometimes.”

Check out the video for “Beer On The Table”:

Click HERE to watch behind the scenes clips of the video.

His debut album hits stores early next year, but if you’re like us and you don’t want to wait that long to hear more music from him, you can purchase Thompson’s digital EP HERE.

He also has a really fun game on his website called “Whack-A-Beer.” Click HERE to check it out.