In the world of entertainment, music arguably demands the most personal investment from its artists, and it doesn't get any more intimate than Thompson Square. While most celebrities go to tremendous lengths and expense to carve out personal space in a Twitter-manic, paparazzi-fueled culture, husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson veil no aspects of their relationship. In fact, they put their 14-year marriage on display in each song and, night after night, on tour. Hence, their sophomore album Just Feels Good is a compelling view of a relationship that offers no distinction between the personal and the professional.
With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Easton Corbin made an auspicious entree with his self-titled debut album. The release of his sophomore effort, All Over the Road, builds on that success and delivers music that confirms that Easton Corbin is here to stay. When Easton broke on the scene in 2009 with not one, but two, No. 1 singles, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” and a Top 15 hit, “I Can’t Love You Back,” the country music world was put on notice. He became the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Billboard named Easton the Top New Country Artist of 2010 and named "Roll With It" the No. 6 Hot Country Song of the Year. He was ranked No. 9 on Billboard’s list of Top Country Artists-Male, listed between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.
Jerrod Niemann walks a wonderfully unconventional musical path, and as he embarked on his third album for Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville, working for the first time with Jimmie Lee Sloas as co-producer, Sloas was already on board that “different” is definitely the Niemann mojo. Indeed, Niemann had already set the pace on 2012’s acclaimed, musically adventurous Free the Music collection – a richly layered concept record of horn sections and organic recording – and 2010’s chart-topping Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, which put Niemann on the map as a recording artist, with interstitial skits woven throughout an album that featured the Platinum-certified #1 single, “Lover, Lover,” as well as the Gold-certified smash, “What Do You Want.” Now, with his yet-to-be-titled third album in the works, Niemann has kicked things off with the weekend feel of the first single, the Derek George/Lance Miller/Brad Warren/Brett Warren-penned “Drink to That All Night.” Miller e-mailed the song to him, and Niemann smiles as he recalls seeing the title and thinking, “‘Man, come on! Just ‘cause it’s a drinkin’ song doesn’t mean you have to send it to me! I mean, how different can it be?’ Then I listened to it and thought, ‘Whoa! This is somethin’ else!’ What I love is the drum beat. It just gives this driving feel, somethin’ to knock you out of your chair.” All the more fitting, Niemann says, because one thing that fans can anticipate from his latest music is an amped-up level of energy.
Dustin Lynch’s debut single, “Cowboy and Angels,” is on its way to Platinum with nearly three quarters of a million singles sold. “Cowboys and Angels” - which has become an iconic, modern day classic - reached #2 on both the Billboard and Mediabase Country Songs charts and has earned Lynch two 2012 FOX American Country Award nominations for “Single of the Year – New Artist” and “Video of the Year – New Artist.” Lynch combines his fascination with words and melodies with concert skills he developed in high-school bands and playing the southeastern club circuit. That combination has made him one of country’s artists to watch, a performer who’s written his own mix of party songs and ballads with a unique perspective. It’s his own viewpoint, honed from watching the world, and watching the experts.