If there’s one thing that I love about country music, it’s the women that take control, turn up the attitude and sing their heart out about life. The younger cousin of Loretta Lynn is a gal that is doing just that.
A find through Amazon recommendations this past fall, I immediately fell in love with Tara Thompson’s music and her voice. The native east Tennessean got her start in her teenage years singing at the honky-tonks of Nashville. She’s certainly not a new comer to the country scene and I could tell that right away as I heard her sing on her EP, “Someone the Take Your Place.” There is a large amount of ‘twang in her music and her topics range from break-ups to the early pregnancy of her mother. They are real life experiences that the regular person can relate to.
While listening to her commentary about this EP, you learn how many of these songs are based on actual occurrences in her life. She admits that at times, the stories are slightly embellished - which you will hear in “Vows.” She says that it is loosely based around the marriage of her sister but also cites she actually likes her brother-in law. She sings how everyone is “takin’ bets while they’re sayin’ vows” which made me laugh. That’s seriously something you’d see in a Hollywood movie. Just listening to the lyrics puts a smile on your face because you hear her doomed outlook on the marriage. I’m a believer that songs sometimes need a little bit of “glorifying” to add some humor and get people talking about it. After all, music is meant to be enjoyed and often reflected on.
While many songs are written around some real topic, Thompson’s delivery hit me as sincere and believable. When I compare mainstream music to her’s, it feels much more real and a powerful song like “Pregnant At The Prom” is a clear example. She sings about the story of her mother being pregnant at her prom, which is a real life event for some teenagers. I imagine that being a very difficult thing to endure because of the eyes that stare you down and the judging that takes place. Talk about a confidence crusher. It’s a story about keeping your head up and pushing through a tough time like this no matter how difficult that may be.
I am optimistic about Thompson and breaking into the mainstream country scene. If she continues to trudge ahead with her same thoughtfulness in her music and her sincere approach with her fans, she’s going to be a very popular country artist as she grows.
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