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Tin Pan South 2016 Is Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Nashville this Week

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Opening night of the 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank kicked off earlier this week, and the evening was highlighted by crisp weather and packed venues.

Regions City President Jim Schmitz (l.) with Kelsea Ballerini (r.) prior to her sold-out round at The Listening Room Cafe late show.

Regions City President Jim Schmitz (l.) with Kelsea Ballerini (r.) prior to her sold-out round at The Listening Room Cafe late show.

Fans began lining up at 3:30pm to see ACM Award-winner Kelsea Ballerini join her co-writers Josh Kerr, Scott Stepakoff and Forest Glen Whitehead at The Listening Room Café 9:00pm round. Natalie Hemby also joined Kelsea on stage for a duet.  Patrons were spilling out the door of new Tin Pan venue The Country to see Jessi Alexander, Maddie & Tae, Jonathan Singleton and Josh Thompson. The club was equally packed for the late show with Doobie Brother Tom Johnston, John Cowan, Lara Johnston and Paul Overstreet, who added an even more humorous verse to his Blake Shelton hit “Some Beach.”

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“Eye of the Tiger” Jim Peterik didn’t disappoint with stories or talent at the Whiskey Rhythm late show with country star Collin Raye, Keith Burns and Joie Scott. Jeffrey Steele and friends rocked Hard Rock, and The Bluebird was wall-to-wall packed for both the CMA Songwriters Series early show and the “Songs and Shenanigans” late show.

In two “you never know who might show up” moments, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was spotted in the crowd at the Commodore Grille “Notcha Mamma’s Country” show. Fresh off his ACM Awards Show performance, Chris Young took in the shows at new Tin Pan South venue Whiskey Rhythm.

Individual tickets will be available at the door of most shows, and prices range from $10-25.

For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, visit Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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

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)

Pre-Order Josh Thompson’s “Change: The Lost Record, Volume One” NOW!

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Four years in the making, Josh Thompson’s long awaited passion project, Change: The Lost Record, Volume One is available for digital pre-order starting today, exclusively via iTunes. Fans who order the new album before its release will receive an instant download of “Same Ol’ Plain Ol’ Me,” a song that describes Thompson’s perfectly honest nature in the lyrics “You ain’t gotta look too hard to see, I’m still the same ol’ plain ol’ me.” Change: The Lost Record, Volume One will release October 9th with partner ole Digital/The Orchard.

Loved by his fans for his blue-collar, fist-pumpin’ attitude and fierce performances, singer songwriter Josh Thompson has waited for the right moment to release the deeply personal record on his own terms. Change, recorded in 2011 while still signed to RCA Records, includes some of Josh’s most introspective and honest songs to date. Thompson co-wrote all six songs on the first volume of Change: The Lost Record, out October 9.

“I always knew I was going to release it, but I wanted to wait however long it took to be able to release it on my own terms,” shared Josh. “It’s like this relationship that ended four years ago but she still lives with me, so getting to be able to share this music now is like closure.”

Josh Thompson Change: The Lost Record, Volume One track listing:

  1. “Same Ol’ Plain Ol’ Me” (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Josh Thompson)
  2. “Work In the Morning” (David Lee Murphy, Phil O’ Donnell, 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” featuring Justin Moore (Rod Jantzen, Phil O’ Donnell, Josh Thompson)

Josh Thompson to Release Lost Sessions in 2 Volume EP

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As one of country music’s most personal and prolific blue-collar anthem singers and songwriters, Josh Thompson, is preparing to release a record he and many of his fans never thought would see the light of day. Change: The Lost Record, Volume One, the first in a two EP series, was originally recorded in 2011 while Thompson was signed to RCA Records. After parting ways, Josh held the songs close, some of his most personal to date, performing them in his live show, all while waiting for the right moment to share the music with fans across the country. The moment has come as Change: The Lost Record, Volume One will release digitally October 9th with partner ole Digital/The Orchard.

“It’s been soul cleansing to finally be able to share this music with my fans,” confides Josh. “I think if there’s one thing people can cling to it’s their beliefs and their way of life, I think people need that simplicity in country music and that was my goal with this record.”
As a co-writer on all of the tracks from his upcoming project, Josh cannot wait to share this music with his fans after teaming with ole Digital earlier this year.

“ole is proud to facilitate the long-overdue release of such an incredible album from Josh Thompson,” said John Ozier, GM of Nashville Creative at ole. “Ever since we first heard this record, we knew that we needed to have Josh on the ole team. We’re thrilled that his fans and the world at large will finally have a chance to hear these songs, and we look forward to ensuring that these EPs receive all the attention they deserve.”

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