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If you don’t have a chance to go to Thompson Square’s Just Feels Good Tour, let me just start by saying I am so sorry!!!! Man what a show!!! Talk about a great time! These two really know how to put on one heck of a show!
We talked with Keifer and he said he is so happy and he’s never had this much fun before. It feels great to be out on the road playing their own shows, with longer sets that showcases their sophomore album.
Shawna and Keifer had a meet and greet before the show and just after 8pm the concert began!
The intro was different than their previous tour where the band played “Love and Marriage” before they took the stage. It was longer and really built up the anticipation.
Finally Shawna and Keifer took to the stage, with long time opener “I Got You” from their Debut Album. I Got You has been an opener on the last few tours and it’s a good one because it’s upbeat and it also made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2011 so it is one of their more well known songs.
They continued with another song from their Debut Album, Let’s Fight (Which was their first single that sadly only charted to #58 (Due to people complaining that it promoted Domestic Abuse). Crazy right? This song is definitely a favorite (Although really how can you not love them all)? With a chorus like
“Don’t wanna do what we always do
Five o’clock dinner, six o’clock news
Baby, roll up your sleeves, and put up your dukes
Let’s fight, let’s cuss, get mad, throw stuff
Maybe call each other names
Slam doors, break glass, I’ll leave, come back
And I’ll take all the blame
Let’s scream, let’s shout
Make up, make out
Baby, just for tonight
Clearly people who think that song is anything but fantastic hasn’t ever experienced the “make up” part of a fight. ;)
The third song is a song that Shawna and Keifer explained is a song they felt so drawn to because it describes everything they feel right now. It’s the name of their album and the name of their tour- Just Feels Good. It just feels good to be making music, playing for fans and being where they are right now.
If you go to a Thompson Square show and aren’t dancing around- well you need to start! Keifer explains before the fourth song “Here’s To Being Here” that he likes to see people having a good time. I love the parts of the show where they just talk to the crowd, they aren’t just singers, or musicians, they are entertainers. They put on a comedy show without even truly meaning to! “What Stays In Vegas, Happens In Vegas.” Watch the video to understand!
And Yes I was that girl in the front row, not giving a damn! You’re welcome!
During the show Thompson Square plays a minute or so of another song, We had a treat before Getaway Car. Shawna and Keifer actually wrote a pre song to it. Here I thought it was just a song I didn’t know, but after talking with Shawna, she told me they actually wrote it! Take a look!
Getaway car is another song from their debut album. Another upbeat, on your feet song.
"Would you drive my getaway car, Chasing dreams like a couple young hearts, driving out underneath the sun, would you drive my getaway car?"
They followed that up with their current single Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About which is currently #6 on the Country Mediabase Charts! If you haven’t seen their Music Video they filmed at Patsy Cline’s home you can watch it here!
Now we move on to my favorite part of the show, The part where they sing “I Can’t Outrun You.” This is a song that is very different than what most people have heard from Thompson Square up until this point. It’s not a love song, but a song about losing love and not getting it back. It’s a powerful song because it can resonate so well. Often time when you lose someone, whether it be a break up, or a death, there are parts of them that you just can’t escape or getaway from. They are a part of you “There’s a part of you in every part of me, and I can’t outrun you.”
They even add a verse of Say Something by Christina Aguilera at the end! Check out the video!
It was the only video I recorded, as it is my favorite song, and also I find it hard to record during Thompson Square concerts because I was having so much fun!
Being in the groove of a slower song, Glass was next, which was a top 15 song for them in 2012. It’s a powerfully moving song about how fragile people are and how we shouldn’t judge their past because we don’t want to be judged, we all make mistakes, we all carry baggage, we are all human!
You have to have those slower intimate moments in sets to be able to feel all the human emotions, but now we move on to another upbeat song that you are gonna wanna pay attention to. ;)
Shawna gives you the low down on why she really wanted to record this song and how it reminds her of her small town and the days when she went to the lake with some guy “friends” and gals.
Here’s the intro which includes Shawna’s “White Girl rap.”
Here we go again follows that up! It’s a song about not being able to be “just friends” with someone. Does that ever really work? Someone always wants more! In this case they both do, as breaking up or being a part never seems to last long, they just keep falling right back in!
The next song is one everyone might not be familiar with as it is only on the Walmart bonus tracks if you bought a hard copy of the album. It’s called “That’s Why We Roll” and it’s a song Shawna and Keifer wrote about being on the road and playing music for their fans.
"That’s why we roll, thats why we roll
That’s why we do
that’s why we burn up the road
the only life we love the only life we know
that’s why we roll.”
You Don’t Get Lucky That Many Times is off their current Album “Just Feels Good” and it’s a song that they described they had to record, because it’s how they describe themselves. That everything doesn’t just happen, but there’s a bigger picture. They feel blessed to have the success they have had the last three years and it was hard getting there, but they are enjoying the ride.
Hopefully they continue to get lucky with all the casinos they are playing at!
One of Those Days is the next song, which is off their Debut Album. It starts off about having one of those really crappy days, but those days make up for all the really good days, like one we were having right now!
The song they almost close with is their latest #1 Song If I Didn’t Have You, which went #1 on Shawna’s Dad Birthday in 2013. It’s a song that was inspired by the death of her father but can be applied to anyone about anything. Yes, some people even say it’s about their pets! It’s a more intimate song that holds a lot of meaning to so many people.
Shawna and Keifer even share an intimate moment on stage with a Kiss :)
The band all goes away and leads you to think the show is “over” but come on, you can’t go to a Thompson Square concert and NOT hear “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” The song that helped launched Shawna and Keifer to where they are now. It’s a Grammy Nominated song and their first #1.
Everyone stood and sang the words without them singing into the microphones. It’s a special moment for Shawna and Keifer to hear the crowd singing the words back to them. They are so humble and so grateful to their fans. They spent time afterwards shaking hands with those near the front of the stage and thanking the crowd for coming. It is a night you wish would never end.
So here’s to being here with Thompson Square
While the band hopes for a second win this year, they shared some advice for current ACM nominees.
“Please don’t write a speech beforehand,” Keifer said. “The special moment that we had is because we didn’t even have time to think about it and that’s when the raw, organic emotion comes out and that’s what your fans want to feel and see. That you’re just a normal person that won something.”
“It’s like them getting a promotion at their job or getting married. Just because you’re in the limelight a little bit doesn’t mean you don’t have those feelings inside. Don’t prepare something unless you don’t want to show that.”
Will Thompson Square win their second ACM for Vocal Duo of the Year? Tune into the 48th ACM Awards on Sunday, April 7 at 8pm ET on CBS to find out.
Nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for the second year in a row, Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square have much to celebrate. Radio.com sat down with the couple recently and learned what it was like for them to win their first ACM Award last year–and what advice they have for current nominees.
“One thing we were told early on being on a small label was that we would never win anything,” Keifer explained.
That all changed for the duo last year when they accepted their first ACM for Vocal Duo of the Year. But while Keifer and Shawna are grateful for the win, they said it’s not something that motivates them. ”It’s not the awards that drives what we do. It’s the music and the fans and the experience,” Keifer said.
“The awards are just the cherry on top,” Shawna added.
“It was really special, too, the way that they gave it to us, because we weren’t expecting it at all,” Shawna explained. “We were out here playing for some military families in a parking lot, and then all of a sudden they decided to read the nominees and give the trophy to us. My mom was there so it made it really special. For one night we were the only ACM winners in Vegas. It was pretty neat.”