Josh Thompson’s brand new single, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” marks a return to radio for the singer, and nobody is more pumped than the singer himself.
“I’m very excited to have some new music out. It’s been awhile. It feels good to have a single out. You can tell at the shows that you’ve got a song on the radio. People are starting to sing the song back. It’s good to know that we’ve got a record coming out, so it feels great.”
The Wisconsin native, who has hit the top-20 with hits like “Way Out Here” and “Beer On The Table,” says that though it’s been a couple of years between singles, his demand on the road has remained strong. “We’re still in the 200 range as far as shows. That’s not going to change. This year, we’re going through Dec. 21 – which is almost Christmas morning.”
He also just hit the road with Justin Moore and Randy Houser for Moore’s Outlaws Like Me tour, which started Nov. 1 in Springfield, MO. He says he has been looking forward to the tour for awhile. “I’ve known Randy since I moved to town. We used to hang out in the same bars together, and I’ve known Justin for years. We’ve talked about touring for years, but now it’s finally starting to come to fruition. It will be a big party and a great hang, a really great show.”
“Cold Beer With Your Name On It” is Thompson’s debut for Show Dog – Universal, an affiliation he is likewise excited about. “It’s a brand new label. I have a brand new producer in Mark Wright, who has produced Gary Allan and Mark Chesnutt, so he’s been around, I think, since Nashville was founded,” he says with a laugh before turning serious. “It’s just a different landscape. I know everybody there, and they are all driven and hard working. It’s a completely different scene compared to where I was. It’s a lot less corporate, if you will. It’s a great change of pace. i’m excited about working with the team. I’m fired up.”
Thompson tells Billboard that the album is done – save for a couple of mixes, shooting the cover art, and coming up with a title. He can’t wait for the fans to hear it.
“It’s going to be one of those albums that you can get a speeding ticket to, or if you’re having a party, you can listen to it front and back and not be disappointed. It’s a tempo record, and definitely something to party to.”
Thompson credits his fans for sticking with him over the past couple of years. “That’s one aspect of it that is always there and will always be. The fans have kept me going when I didn’t have songs on the radio. They don’t care. They just want to show up and have a good time. That’s a big reason why I keep on the road as much as I do. If you’ve got new music, and they’re a fan, they will find it.”
He has also stayed busy as a songwriter, and admits the creative spark burns deep. “That really got me started – the songwriting. Just like I need to tour and get out there, I need to write songs. It’s one of those things where I’m still writing like most full time songwriters do. I’m writing about a hundred songs a year.” He says he tries to be ready when inspiration strikes – and wherever it strikes. “If the idea is there, or it’s time to write, then it doesn’t matter where. I’ve written on airplanes and in buses, in rooms with no windows and outside. It really doesn’t matter to me.”