Thompson Square returns to WNY- INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • September 13, 2012 @ 9:51am
When we last chatted with the married duo of Keifer and Shawna, both were looking forward to checking out Niagara Falls while they were in the area. Not much as changed as the duo expressed an interest of hopefully finding more time to spend there.
Working on their sophomore album, the Thompsons have been touring hard all year, rarely finding time to make it back home. For the duo, traveling is immensely gratifying, but the little amount of time spent in each city they tour is not their favorite part. They want to enjoy each venue and new group of fans—something their planning on doing in the next year.
You can catch Thompson Square with Brothers Osborne and Ransomville at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Braun’s Concert Cove. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 the day of the show. For more information on the concert, head over to the event page on Facebook.
Take a look at our interview with Keifer and Shawna below.
So where are you guys calling us from today?
Keifer Thompson: We’ve got the day off and we’re traveling from Pittsburgh to South Dakota right now. It’s all drive, sleep, hang out—had some killer crowds and great shows recently though.
“Glass” has been all over country radio in Buffalo, not to mention a few plays on our Top 40 stations as well.
KT: That’s awesome. We got as high as 15 on the charts and the song has gone over really well at shows. It’s doing everything it is supposed to do. It was one of the songs we’ve loved from first listen. We changed it to a duet—Shawna delivered it better than any guy could. It’s a beautiful song, an interesting metaphor. We were concerned, but it ended up being great.
The last time we talked, you guys were thinking about working on a collaboration with some big names.
KT: We really haven’t had time to put anything together yet. Charles and Dave from Lady Antebellum and I wrote a song when I was on tour, but that’s the extent of it. We’re never really home right now.
You guys were here in March for a show at the Center for the Arts—any good stories?
KT: I can’t even remember what pants I wore yesterday.
Shawna Thompson: Wait, we went to Niagara Falls. Hopefully we’ll get another chance to go back and actually enjoy it for a couple days. That’s the one thing about being on the road. Lots of cool cities but not a lot of time. Plus we only stayed on the U.S. side last time since we didn’t have our passports.
What’s your favorite part about traveling and touring?
KT: Everyday we wake up is my favorite part. We’re on the road together and we’re doing what we’ve always wanted to do—living the dream. It doesn’t really matter where we are. it’s really cool to do all of this and we never expected it to happen. We’ve worked at it for 10 years and it’s been a long time.
ST: Being out here on the road playing our own music together—that’s what it’s all about. It’s a little different than when we toured with Lady A and the fairs and festivals are always different. Sometimes it goes by fast, but its always great.
We’re just finishing up “fair season” here in Buffalo. Do you guys enjoy it?
ST: It’s awesome. Keifer and I try to enjoy the midway and eat some food that is really bad for us. It takes us back to being kids. The state fair at Mobile was awesome. The whole air smells different and it takes me right back.
What can we expect from Thompson Square in the next year?
KT: We’ve got a couple songs done for the new album and we’re getting everything ready for it. It’s going to be bigger and better with the band while we’re reinventing our show too. We’re trying to make the most entertaining show. People are using their hard-earned money to see us. We’re dissecting the show to make it perfect and hopefully people will enjoy it.
Where has been your favorite place to travel?
KT: The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington—that was an amazing festival. Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert and us were there for a show. It was a gorgeous backdrop and there were all sorts of out-of-their-mind fans there. They were there to party.
ST: I really liked Portland, Maine.
KT: We got to see a lot of things there too. Gorgeous.
ST: Niagara Falls was os nice to visit too, hopefully we can go back there again.
What is your style when it comes to chicken wings?
KT: I’m a hot wing kind of guy.
ST: I like the original ones.
And finally, who are your musical inspirations?
KT: Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash have really inspired us as “the couple who got together” and stayed together through everything. They are a great example of a married couple—touring and being on the road. Other than that, were all over the map—Merle Haggard, Etta James, Reba McEntire, we can’t just choose a couple.
Photo courtesy of Facebook.