We have had them in Kingsport before. Thompson Square are certainly not unfamiliar faces to Northeast Tennessee. My first opportunity to see them on stage was in March, 2011, in Nashville at a benefit concert for City of Hope. I had a few minutes to meet them, and say “Hi”, and an opportunity to see them perform. Just a few months after that, they were at our Appalachian Fair, in August, 2011. The show was wonderful, and, I had the opportunity to speak with them again.
In November, 2011, had them back in our area, where they were the celebrity ‘elves’ on the CSX Santa Train, which makes a 110-mile run through coal mining towns of Kentucky and Virginia, stopping along the route to hand out toys to children from these economically depressed areas. If you missed that article, I hope you will go back and read it by clicking here. I rode with them that day. They really enjoyed what they were doing – and they were just as nice as they could be to everyone around them. At the end of the trip (In Kingsport), Shawna and Keifer gave an acoustic performance. In November, 2012, they were back on the Santa Train again, and of course, another acoustic performance followed that trip as well. (2012 article here). Last night, Friday, July 17, Thompson Square took to the stage at Kingsport’s Fun Fest, and again – this awesome duo did not disappoint the crowd.
Unfortunately, I had a previous commitment, and was not able to attend the show. But, we did have a representative from Country’s Chatter there shooting some pictures, and sharing a little about what she saw. Have to give a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Brittany Johnson for taking the pictures for us last night. These kids are still as energetic and entertaining as they were at the start of their career. Singing songs the audience knew them for, and some they didn’t, Shawna and Keifer kept the enthusiastic audience on their feet, involved in the show, and somehow made the extremely hot temperatures at this outside show a bit more bearable. No one wanted the show to end. During this annual, nine-day event, the folks who organize Fun Fest always give us the best of everything. A great nine days, finished off with three nights of amazing concerts.
We are going to finish this out with photos from the show, and we’ll throw in a few of the hot air balloons, which are always a big part of this annual event. Of course we have included one of our ‘world famous’ WXBQ Rabbit, along with his on-air buddies, Steve Stroud and Mark Andrews. We couldn’t do this without the help of people like Brittany. Thanks so much to her for the great photos!
In addition to their web site, where you can keep up with their show schedule, new music, and other news; take a minute to visit their Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. You can also follow them on Twitter @thompsonsquare. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
We will be back with more soon!