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While Josh Thompson is just as well known for his amazing songwriting talents as he is for his voice, some may be surprised to find out he was not responsible for penning his current hit on the rise, “Cold Beer With Your Name on It.”
Josh stumbled upon the tune through a friend in the music business while exchanging songs as he prepared to make his “second, second record,” as he likes to call it. (His sophomore album with RCA Records was never released.)
“We trade songs back and forth all the time,” Josh tells Country Weekly. “Songs we’re proud of or songs we didn’t write that other people wrote that we really dig . . . like hundreds of songs a year. This one was just a guitar/vocal. It wasn’t anything spectacular production-wise, but I heard a great song through that. I heard great production, and really, the lyrical content to me was hilarious.
“It was a love song from the standpoint of a broken heart,” Josh continues. “This guy is sitting on a tailgate, drinking a beer by himself, saying basically, ‘If you want to come back, I’ve got one of these cold ones waiting on you.’ She never will [come back], but it’s hilarious to me. I’ve never heard a song from that angle. I passed it around to the camp, if you will, and everybody liked it. We took it to the studio, and it’s the only song I didn’t write on this record. It made a lot of sense to me for it to be the first single off this next record.”
Josh is still in the finishing stages of completing his yet-to-be-titled album, which will be his first project with new label home Show Dog-Universal Music. The album is slated for release after the first of the year.
Starting next month, Josh will hit the road with buddies Justin Moore and Randy Houser on the Off the Beaten Path Tour. The trek will hit more than 50 stops from November into May 2014.