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Josh Thompson Embraces “Change” With Release of New EP

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In 2012, Josh Thompson was on the verge of releasing his sophomore album when a shakeup at his then record label RCA changed everything. The project was halted and he left the label, but he was able to hold onto the music until he found the right opportunity to release it. He ended up recording a different collection of songs for his second album “Turn It Up” in 2014 under the guidance of a new record label, Show Dog Universal. Once that relationship ended, Thompson knew he wanted to find a way to release the songs he’d previously recorded; that opportunity came this year through a partnership with ole Music.

“It’s the first second record that came out third,” chuckles Thompson.

On October 9, 2015, “Change: The Lost Record (Volume 1)” will be released digitally. It’s a collection of songs dear to Thompson; not only did he co-write every song, but he was also able to bring his buddy Justin Moore in to sing on the track “Livin’ Like Hank,” a road-warrior’s anthem.

“It was a perfect fit – he definitely knew where that song was coming from.”

The six-song collection is a snapshot of life for everyday Americans, with songs like “Work in the Mornin” and the gospel-infused “Gotta Go to Heaven.”

Although Thompson has had songs he’s co-written recorded by other artists, like “Church Pew or Bar Stool” by Jason Aldean, he tries not to write with a particular artist in mind.

“If it finds a home, it does the song justice.”

After all of the change he’s endured since the beginning of his career, Thompson is optimistic looking ahead. The second volume of the “Change: The Lost Record” is set to be released in early 2016, and he’s continually on the road sharing the new music with fans.

And if you’ve never heard his music before, he encourages you to listen to “Over Me”:

“Musically, it’s got a very deep pocket, it’s traditional in nature, and lyrically, it definitely defines who I am.”

For more information and tour dates, visit joshthompsonofficial.com

Track list:

  1. Same Ol Plain Ol Me (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Josh Thompson)
    2. Work In the Morning (Phil O Donnell, David Lee Murphy, Josh Thompson)
    3. Over Me (Phil O Donnell, Josh Thompson, Chris Wallin)
    4. Change (Phil O Donnell, Josh Thompson, Chris Wallin)
    5. Gotta Go to Heaven (Arlis Albritton, Cliff Cody, Josh Thompson)
    6. Livin’ Like Hank (Phil O Donnell, Rod Jantzen, Josh Thompson)
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