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In the four years since Josh Thompson’s debut, Way Out Here, the singer/songwriter has evolved as a person and entertainer who knows what his fans expect. The proof is in his sophomore disc, Turn It Up.
Josh stays true to his hardworkin’, blue-collar roots with “Down for a Get Down” and the title track, about putting in his 40 hours for the week and looking to forget about his cares, throw a cold one back and only worry about having a good time.
Josh taps into deeper emotions with songs such as “A Little Memory” and “Left This Town,” while showing his playfulness with tracks like “Hillbilly Limo” and the feel-good leaving song “Wanted Me Gone.” He finds his own kind of way to romance his lady on “Firebird,” and remains hopeful about someday winning her back with the album’s layered lead single, “Cold Beer With Your Name on It.”
Turn It Up is a solid collection of songs that will translate well in his live shows. The album’s topics span love, heartbreak, drinking and plenty of partying, which should give listeners the window of escape Josh set out to provide.