Josh Thompson Speaks Out On Songwriting

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josh thompson Josh Thompson Speaks Out On Songwriting

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[photogallerylink id=4745 align=right] We all know [lastfm link_type=""]Josh Thompson[/lastfm] and hit hit songs like ‘Beer on the Table,’ and ‘Way Out Here.’ But what we don’t know is how hard the singer-songwriter has been working at his craft in Nashville.

Josh has recently landed one of his songs on the new [lastfm link_type=""]Brad Paisley[/lastfm] album “This Is Country Music. A tune called ‘A Man Don’t Have to Die.’  Josh says: ”My problem is I write everything down.” “Anytime I get an idea that I think might even be something, I write it down. My computer’s full of weird ideas. ‘A man don’t have to die to go to hell’ seemed really cool to me, and I just wrote it down.”  ”I wrote it with Rivers Ruthersford and George Teren.”  ”It was our first writing appointment. We were just writing like crazy for my first record. This was back in March or April of 2009, I think. I had this idea, and I had never written with either of them. I really respected them as writers. That idea just happened to scream at me that day, so I said it, not really knowing what to expect, and they loved it. It was just one of those things.”

“We took it to the studio and recorded it,” Thompson recalls. “We just absolutely loved it. I got a call one day that Brad had it on hold, and then Brad came up to me at the end of the H2O tour and said, ‘I don’t know if you know this, but I just found out that I had a song of yours on hold for about three or four weeks.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I knew about it.’ He said, ‘Well if you’re not going to cut it, I want to cut it this Wednesday.’ Of course I said I thought that would be great if he cut it. I think he’s the perfect guy to do it. He did it, and it’s absolutely amazing.”

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