Show Dog-Universal recording artist Josh Thompson has defined his place in country music with the simple formula of being who he is: the embodiment of whatever-it-takes, hard-working, blue-collar grit.
From his songwriting that ran throughout his Top 10 debut album, Way Out Here, to the dynamic live shows that have earned him opening slots for such established headliners as Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., and Luke Bryan. Josh Thompson’s passionate performances and tireless work ethic have made him the epitome of the musical road warrior, playing over 200 shows a year.
Josh comes by his music’s heartland, blue-collar work & party themes with an everyman’s insight of an everyman who’s been there. Born in Milwaukee and raised in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Thompson was working alongside his father in the concrete business at the age of 12, and the trade was often how Josh was paying the bills well into his twenties as his focus shifted to music.
Over the past couple of years, Josh has also established himself as a noted songwriter in Nashville. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Jason Aldean (for 2010’s Platinum-plus blockbuster album, My Kinda Party), Brad Paisley (for his chart-topping 2011 album, This Is Country Music), and Gary Allan (for his 2013 No.1 album, Set You Free). As for his own music, new single “Cold Beer with Your Name on It” hit radio this summer and the new album is due Spring 2014.