Justin Moore and Thompson Square energize Georgia National Fair’s final weekend

October 11, 2013 

The Georgia National Fair is rolling into its second weekend and the highlight of Saturday night will be a concert featuring Justin Moore and Thompson Square.

According to his website, Moore considers himself a “little bit rowdy, a little bit sentimental, a whole lotta roughneck,” and has released numerous radio hits, including “Small Town USA,” the sentimental “If Heaven Weren’t So Far Away,” the fidelity pledge “Til My Last Day” and the mission declaration “Backwoods.”

“Moore’s always had a thing about doing it his way,” a bio on his website said. “Call it stubborn redneck mettle, a well-developed case of ‘who I am’ or just the fierce commitment to blaze a trail inherent to people from his home of Poyen, Ark. It doesn’t matter why, just that the blazing sense of off the beaten path drives (Moore’s) album of the same name.”

Moore’s style varies from “the swagger and refined ... good ole boy perspective” to the “get loud, get rowdy, but get home” ends of the spectrum. Underneath it all, “Moore is all about the things that last, the wild times and the enduring values making for a way of life worth living.”

Thompson Square, made up of husband and wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson, put their 13-year marriage on display in each song and on stage, night after night, on tour. With their newest album, “Just Feels Good,” making a name for them, the couple has decided not to keep secrets from their fans.

“Much more than the first record, ‘Just Feels Good’ explains exactly who we are,” Shawna said on their website. “This is a very personal record,” added 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’s one of the coolest things about writing, finding songs, recording and going through a process like this,” Kiefer said on their website. “The music takes on a life of its own. When we got done, I called Shawna over to look at the list of songs, because it hit me that they actually tell a bigger story about our journey to Nashville, finding each other, making it work, life on the road and everything else. We didn’t actually sequence the album that way, but you could. It’s us. And it was completely by accident.”

With a trio of hit singles from their first album, 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 categories at many country music award shows. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” was the most-heard song on country radio in 2011, according to Mediabase, and secured multiple-week runs atop the sales and ringtone charts as well as two Grammy nominations.

Justin Moore and Thompson Square

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12

Where: Reaves Arena, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry

Cost: $30, includes fair admission if purchased in advance

Information: www.georgianationalfair.com

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