Columbia Nashville newcomer Josh Thompson burst onto the country album sales chart this week, as his debut album Way Out Here earns first-week sales in excess of 15,000 units, the # 9 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and #28 on the Top 200 chart. Way Out Here is the highest debut from a new country act this year, and the highest debut from a new solo male since Justin Moore in August 2009.
Josh Thompson’s second single and the album’s title track, “Way Out Here,” will follow-up the Top 20 hit “Beer On The Table.” The title refers to a backwoods, simpler way of life, where people refuse handouts and homes are “protected by the good Lord and a gun.” Of the album’s 10 tracks produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), Josh wrote or co-wrote each of them, collaborating with some of Nashville’s A-list writers including Rhett Akins, David Lee Murphy, George Ducas, Casey Beathard and Dallas Davidson. “Way Out Here” will be available to country radio next week, officially impacting on March 29.
Josh’s debut album has drawn praise from countless critics including NPR Fresh Air’s Ken Tucker who lauds, “Way Out Here is impressive not just for the confidence of Thompson’s delivery, but also for its consistency… he comes on like an old pro at making country-music albums. That is, he makes them the way they used to, when albums arrived on vinyl, five songs to a side.” Way Out Here has impressed other media outlets including People Magazine, Country Weekly, AOL’s The Boot, CMT.com and Roughstock.com who touts the album as “is one of the most impressive country debuts in recent history.”
In addition to listening for the new single, Josh Thompson fans can catch any of his shows on the Jagermeister Country Tour which runs through March. Fans can also look forward to seeing him on the road this summer as he joins Brad Paisley’s H20 2010 World Tour starting in May.
After playing three sold-out shows on the Jagermeister Country Tour this past weekend, Josh Thompson is heading to his hometown of Milwaukee to celebrate the release of his debut album, Way Out Here, in stores tomorrow. Tonight, Thompson will be signing CDs and performing at a club event presented by WMIL at the Northern Lights Theatre. On tomorrow’s release day, Josh will visit his friends at KEEY before playing a club event and CD signing at The Cabooze in Minneapolis.
Josh Thompson’s Columbia Nashville debut Way Out Here features his Top 20 single, “Beer On The Table,” as well as 9 additional songs that he wrote or co-wrote. Josh began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere. That work ethic, the honesty in his writing and the energy in his performances have combined to make Josh Thompson a powerful new voice in country music. Way Out Here is a collection of songs that showcases a man who has lived the music he makes.
“This past year has been fast and crazy – but I love fast and crazy!” Josh says of the February 23 album release. “I am beside myself that my debut album will hit stores all over this country tomorrow. I hope the fans enjoy this piece of my life and music as much as I did living and creating it.”
Thompson will return to Music City on Wednesday in preparation for Country Radio Seminar, which is in Nashville this week. He will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Friday night before heading up to Bowling Green, KY for another club show later that evening.
Josh Thompson fans anxiously awaiting the February 23rd release of Way Out Here can now pre-order their copy of forthcoming debut album on Thompson’s official website. Fans who pre-order the album on www.joshthompsonofficial.com will also receive an autographed booklet. Visitors to the site can also view videos and upload photos, follow Josh on Twitter, check on upcoming events, interact in forums, and compete for the top score on the “Whack-A-Beer” online game. Fans also have the ability to stream and purchase all four tracks already available on Thompson’s self-titled digital EP.
While critics have already pegged Thompson as the artist to watch in the New Year, country music fans have also voted Josh Thompson as the “artist they are most excited about for 2010,” in a recent poll taken on gactv.com. Thompson won the fan voted poll with a staggering 56% of the votes! To see the full gactv.com poll results, click here.
With Way Out Here available in stores on February 23rd, his debut single, “Beer on the Table,” climbing up the airwaves and landing at MediaBase’s #18 spot this week, and his 32-date Jagermeister Country Tour kicking off next month, Thompson has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year.