NASHVILLE, TN (June 13, 2016) – Sharing stories and embracing new fans, TARA THOMPSON celebrated the release of herSomeone To Take Your Place EP with several appearances at CMA Music Fest.
Tara kicked off her first round of performances on Tuesday night with a rowdy crowd at Losers Bar during Whiskey Jam powered by Big Machine Label Group, knocking out self-penned tunes from her debut project. The petite talent, all gussied up for the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday evening, earned a spot on multiple Best Dressed lists. Alongside fellow CMT Next Women of Country honorees Friday afternoon, Tara participated in an acoustic round and Q&A at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where they proved females in the format are a force to be reckoned with and have something fierce to say. The songstress then headed across town to Nissan Stadium, singing background vocals for legend Hank Williams, Jr.
Saturday afternoon Tara headed to Chevrolet Cruze Park Stage, interacting with festival-goers and belting out pages from her musical diaries – “Vows” and “Side Effects” – in addition to previewing songs from her forthcoming full-length album. The performance garnered a Best Redneck Woman nod in Rolling Stone Country’s CMA Music Fest recap. Capping off the weekend, she signed autographs and chronicled her memorable experience on social media. Fans and critics are continuing to embrace the Someone To Take Your Place EP following the multiple encounters:
“Think Lee Ann Womack with a Gretchen Wilson swagger, and you’re on the right path.”
– Sounds Like Nashville
“She exudes the down-home country sizzle that is either in your blood or isn’t.
And for her, it’s there in strides.”
– NKD Magazine
“Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Miranda Lambert have demonstrated that country music is loaded with smart, talented female singer/songwriters who aren’t afraid to get a little risqué with their lyrics. Add Tara Thompson to that list…”
– Country Standard Time
“Tara Thompson’s ‘Someone To Take Your Place’ is a country spitfire with surprising depth.”
– Taste of Country