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It’s been nearly four years since Josh Thompson has released his debut album, Way Out Here. As his current single, “Cold Beer With Your Name on It,” continues to climb the charts, fans and peers alike are wondering just what we can expect from Josh on his sophomore project, after gaining those valuable years of experience both on the road and in the studio.
“Obviously the producer’s different and the songs are different with this new album, but it’s still got a lot of party,” Josh tells Country Weekly. “I think all of my records probably will always have that factor—songs that really translate to a really rockin’ live show. That is how I always try to construct my albums. There’s a lot of party, and there’s a couple great songwritery, lyrically loaded heartache and love songs on it, but at the same time, it’s something you can put on and get a speeding ticket to, or drink beer to and have a party. I’m proud of it.”
Josh had a hand in writing all but one song on the yet-to-be-titled album, which is slated for release in the new year. After garnering much success with his songwriting, including outside cuts by the likes of Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley, he says his style hasn’t necessary evolved, but his approach is drastically different.
“I think I’ve become more comfortable in my songwriting because I can write in the weirdest places now,” he says with a smile. “A lot of people who are writers know . . . you start out writing from purely inspiration and only when inspiration hits you, to learning how to channel it and being able to write whenever you want. Obviously when you have time is when the inspired writing is much better. I’ve reached the point now where it’s just like I’m fired up for some reason.”
Josh even puts pen to paper while on tour. “A lot of artists don’t write on the road, but I’m writing pretty much nonstop—in town or on the road. I’m writing double what I used to. I’m excited about it. There will be good things to come.”
Look for more on Josh in the Dec. 23 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Dec. 16.