Country music singer Josh Thompson is set to headline Friday night at the World Chicken Festival
Beyond the bright lights from the amusement rides, and the smell of fried chicken from the World’s Largest Skillet, Friday night at the World Chicken Festival will bring in the likes of Josh Thompson and Ray Scott. If there is one thing that is for certain, country music fans will be in for a treat.
Six years ago, Josh Thompson arrived on the scene with his single, “Beer on the Table.” It would be followed up with “Way Out Here,” which has been loved by many that are fans of John Wayne, Johnny Cash, and John Deere, as the song would go. Thompson has kept a busy touring schedule over the years, but manages to balance his music career and personal life.
“It’s a different state of mind. You travel a lot and get to see America. I’m a homebody, but I also love being out on the road. It has been two different ways of life for me,” Thompson recalls on balancing two aspects of his life.
Josh Thompson is no stranger to Kentucky when it comes to performances. Six years ago, he headlined the WFKY Froggy Field Party. (Check out review here.) “Now that was a great time,” Josh recalled. “The fans and the folks at the radio station welcomed me with open arms. I still remembered it.”
Just when his career was taking off years ago, he went through several record label changes due to restructuring within each company. He credits the fans for keeping him motivated. According to Josh, “the fans are what motivate me. When you release new music, and they love it, it keeps me going. They (the fans) are what drive me to continue pushing forward.”
Whenever an artist is faced with label changes, sometimes they lose the rights of the recordings they performed under the label. Thankfully for Josh Thompson, he was able to use the original recordings for “Change: The Lost Record.” Josh indicated that he was able to use the originals to remix and remaster each song. In essence, he released volume 1 in 2015 and Volume 2 is scheduled to be released in the next couple of months.
Josh Thompson is an avid outdoorsman, being a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and a partner with NRA Country. He recently completed his third elk hunt; however he said that he “would love to be able to hunt elk in Kentucky. Everyone is keeping an eye on the popularity that it has become there. I recently went deer hunting a couple of weeks ago and was able to get a fully dressed deer.” He was excited to hear about the new Appalachian Wildlife Center that is being built in Bell County, Kentucky.
When Josh Thompson takes to the stage at the World Chicken Festival, he knows that music fans will have a good time with pure country music. Be sure to catch his free concert on Friday, September 30th at the World Chicken Festival in downtown London, Kentucky. Opening will be Whiskey Belles at 6:00 and Ray Scott at 7:30 before Josh Thompson performs at 9:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. More information on Josh Thompson can be found at www.joshthompsonofficial.com and on the World Chicken Festival at http://chickenfestival.com.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.