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Runaway Music Fest is finally here, this week’s guest interview is Thompson Square

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Thompson Square husband and wife duo Shawna and Keifer Thompson have been used to making hit records.

The country duo who have topped the radio charts across the U.S. with No. 1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You,” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” also were responsible for making something else during the past year — a little addition to the family.

Little Rigney Cooper Thompson isn’t quite part of the show yet, but he certainly has changed things, said dad Keifer in a recent phone interview. The country duo will be sharing the stage at the Runaway Country Music Festival in Kissimmee on opening night March 17, with Billy Currington, Cam and LOCASH.

“He has been traveling with us,” Thompson said, and has even appeared on stage a few times. “He definitely loves music and dancing around,” so he might not escape his family’s musical genes.

The couple only recently returned to a touring schedule, and are currently working on a third studio album, which is still a work in progress.

It probably is about six months or so from being released, Thompson said. They are still working on the songs, but the new father said fatherhood will probably be a part of the story somewhere.

The husband and wife relationship has always been a big part of Thompson Square.

“It is freakish how we got together,” he said. Shawna is from Alabama and Keifer is from Oklahoma, and both were in Nashville pursuing that musical dream separately.

They were in a bar shooting pool, as the story goes, and he was trying to impress the woman who would someday end up his wife by showing her the proper way to hold a pool cue. He didn’t realize that Shawna’s dad had owned a pool hall back in Alabama and she was a veteran. And yes, she won the game.

But, of course they both won in the end, and began a relationship that so far has produced two Grammy-Award nominations, the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year Award (2012) and two Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Duo of the Year (2012 and 2013).

“To find your soul mate and to create and sing with her is such an extremely rare thing,” he said. “You just can’t manufacture it.”

Thompson Square currently call both Nashville and Fairhope, Ala. Home. Fairhope is where they go to get away from it all to enjoy smalltown life and family. And Nashville, of course, is the business center for country music and just about every other part of the music industry.

Runaway Country Music Festival rolls into Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park, March 17-19.

The lineup of stars at the three-day music festival also includes Jason Aldean,Brad Paisley, Cam, Billy Currington, Josh Turner, Neal McCoy, American Idol’s 15 and final winner, Trent Harmon, Aaron Tippin, High Valley, up and coming hit-makers, Runaway June, Corey Smith, Courtney Cole, the sons of legend Merle Haggard, Ben & Noel Haggard with the Strangers, Florida’s Sammy Arriaga and Bobby McClendon.

Paisley, of course, is well acquainted with awards throughout his career, which now almost spans 20 years.

Paisley originally is from Glen Dale, W. Va. He is the headline act on the Main Stage Saturday, performing at 9 p.m.

Aldean headlines on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Currington is the Friday night headliner. The singer-songwrtier has had ten number one hits including “Must Be Doin’ Somehin’ Right,” “Good Diretions,” “People Are Crazy” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll.” He is originally from Savannah, Ga. Currington will take the stage Friday at 9 p.m.

In addition to three days of music, Runaway Country features many other activities throughout the weekend, many happening at The Outer Limits, including a craft beer hall, line dance lessons, and after hours party zone.

There also are other party events at the My Apartment Stage all three nights including the St. Paddy’s Day Party with Hairball, Friday, March 17; the After Party with Neal McCoy, Saturday, March 18 and the Closing Party with High Valley, Sunday, March 19.

Runaway Country draws about 60,000 fans over the course of the three-day event. Ticket prices for three-day admission are $145; reserved seating starts at $289. Single day general admission tickets are $89-$99. Camping on site also is available. Parking is free for the event, but VIP parking also is available for an additional cost. Go to runawaycountry.com for more information.