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Wyoming’s Big Show® Announces Award Winning
Artist Apr 15, 2014

Thompson Square Closing Out the "After Dark Concert Series"

Thompson Square is Set to Wrap up Wyoming’s Big Show – The Sweetwater County Fair with the final show in the After Dark Concert Series. Husband and wife, Keifer and Shawna Thompson, hit the ground running with their self-titled debut album in 2011.  Powered by a trio of hit singles including the No. 1 double-platinum-selling "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" as well as "I Got You" and "Glass," Thompson Square swept the 2012 Vocal Duo awards (CMA, ACM, CMT, ACA). "Kiss" was the most-heard song at country radio in 2011, and secured multiple-week runs atop the sales and ringtone charts as well as two GRAMMY nominations. Thompson Square is also the only established married duo to ever receive CMA Vocal Duo of the Year honors. Keifer and Shawna Thompson’s hot streak continued when they won the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year honors for the 2nd consecutive year in April 2013.

Their latest album, Just Feels Good, was released in 2013.  "Much more than the first record, Just Feels Good explains exactly who we are," Shawna says. "This is a very personal record." Adds her husband, "It’s a stronger, more accurate representation of who we are and where we’re at right now in our life and our music career ... " and, she finishes, "who we are as artists, who we are as individuals and who we are as a married couple, as well."

That sense of unity, and the natural struggle implicit in any committed relationship, gives Just Feels Good a deeper well of experience upon which to draw, particularly when writing. "As a married couple duo, you’re a little gun shy about doing certain things, because you don’t want to be coined as the boring married couple," Keifer admits. "And that's just not our lifestyle at all – it’s actually quite the opposite. We grew up in very rural small towns where it's redneck and people like to party. So we stretched the reins with our writing to keep from being painted into a corner."

Their latest album included the lead single "If I Didn't Have You," which quickly became a #1 smash and has surpassed GOLD sales status. That song's message of a big, even universal, love is echoed in postcard-picture "Maybe It's You" and the rhythmic, who-out-kicked-who debate of "For The Life Of Me."

That bigger story, which they've told often, is one of Nashville's best-known 10-year overnight successes. Arriving in Music City the same week – Keifer from Miami, Oklahoma, Shawna from Chatom, Alabama – they met almost immediately at a singing competition and have been inseparable since. Realizing their solo aspirations weren't getting any traction, they finally closed the second ring in their marriage-and-music connection. Thompson Square signed as the flagship artist on Stoney Creek Records, and the rest is history.

Wyoming’s Big Show®- the Sweetwater County Fair After Dark Concert Series features David Nail on Tuesday, July 29 - Adelitas Way on Wednesday, July 30 - Three Days Grace on Thursday, July 31 - Red on Friday, August 1 – Thompson Square on Saturday, August 2. Additional attractions for the 2014 Fair include the Jest In Time Circus, Mango & Dango, Lady Houdini, Jason Huneke, Linda Hulet – Clown of Many Faces, Lanky the Clown, Animal Specialties Petting Zoo and much more.  You can check out all of the scheduled entertainment at SweetwaterEvents.com.

The Sweetwater County Fair is the largest annual event in Western Wyoming, drawing over 70,000 visitors in 2013. It features the largest midway in the area, a Grandstand Stage with top-ranked performing artists, traditional county fair exhibits and food, and fun for the whole family.  Additionally, the Sweetwater County Fair was named the NUMBER ONE summer event in Wyoming by Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. 

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Contact: Kandi Pendleton, Marketing & Events Manager
Phone:  307-352-6789 ext. 104
Email:  kpendleton@sweetwaterevents.com

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