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Tara gets engaged!
Tara Thompson revealed via Instagram that she got engaged to boyfriend Josh Smith on March 31. Tara, who was part of the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour, shared a photo of the engagement from the London Eye observation wheel in London, England. “Comin’ from a girl that said she would NEVER get married…My stubborn ass said YES… bc he’s perfect,” said Tara, in part, via Instagram. Tara released her debut EP, Someone to Take Your Place, in 2016.
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10 New Country Artists You Need To Know
From a singer-songwriter with a panoramic approach to country, to a Loretta Lynn for the Instagram generation. Tara Thompson is Rolling Stones’ New Country Artists You Need To Know and here’s why:
Sounds Like: Loretta Lynn for the Instagram generation
For Fans of: Kacey Musgraves, Nikki Lane, Miranda Lambert
Why You Should Pay Attention: Thompson grew up studying one of her country idols from backstage. Lynn is her third cousin and a major influence on Thompson’s songs rooted in true stories. (“Pregnant at the Prom” was inspired by her own mother.) At 18, this “hillbilly from East Tennessee” peeled out of her tiny hometown of Sevierville (birthplace of Dolly Parton) for Nashville, where she cut her teeth at the iconic honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Her tenacity paid off: Scott Borchetta recently signed Thompson to his Big Machine Label Group, whose Valory Music Co. imprint will release Thompson’s debut album later this year. She’s currently on the road with Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark as part of CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour.
She Says: “When I first started writing with other people, I’d go in and say, ‘All right, here’s the deal: It’s gotta be really country, no pop, and there can’t be no man-bashing. Because if anyone is cheating, it’s gonna be me, by God. And no love songs.’ I actually got fired from Tootsie’s because my set was just too old-school. I saw Loretta the other day and told her that I finally got a record deal, and she said, ‘It’s about damn time!'”
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