Josh Thompson – “Beer on The Table”

Juli Thanki | August 31st, 2009

josh-thompson-beer-on-the-tableUnless you have a job like “ice cream taste-tester” or “country music journalist,” you probably have the occasional day where you’re not too wild about your line of work. But you toil for the man night and day to make money to spend on more enjoyable things. In Josh Thompson’s “Beer on the Table,” those things are booze and lotto tickets.

Thompson, a 30-something Wisconsin native, is best known for co-writing the title track of Jason Michael Carroll’s latest album, Growing Up Is Getting Old; now he’s on the other side of the microphone with his self-penned debut single.

The lyrics lean toward cringe-inducing, with couplets like “Eggs and bacon in my belly and a Folger’s coffee buzz/Good ol’ radar detector, it protects me from the fuzz,” but Thompson does a fine job on his delivery. His voice—reminiscent of Tim McGraw circa “Down on the Farm”—separates him from the five or six interchangeable young male rock-influenced country singers on the radio, though the song’s subject matter, and its production, courtesy of Jason Aldean’s producer, Michael Knox, places him firmly in that camp (this can be a good or bad thing, depending on the listener).

The arrangement, also vaguely reminiscent of early ’90s Tim McGraw, isn’t perfect: the banjo gets overpowered by drums and electric guitar during the chorus, but it’s easy to see the song’s appeal. Who doesn’t love a drinking song? Sure, “Beer on the Table” is the Bud Light of drinking songs, but it gets the job done.

Should Thompson continue down this road with subsequent singles (or worse, release an “I’m So Country” song next), the schtick will soon wear thin, but right now, this is a nice, lighthearted introduction to a new face.

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  1. Rick
    August 31, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    A real singer like James Otto has seemingly become a “1 Hit Wonder” at Top 40 country radio and yet an inoffensive, pleasant single like this could do well. I also don’t get the picture associated with this guy that is attached here. Does anyone find that shot interesting or compelling? It looks like he’s waiting to audition for the Ruth Buzzi “old lady in the park” role in a “Laugh-In” movie and all he’s missing is the hair net. Hey Josh, do you want a Walnetto? (lol)

  2. Kent Perkins
    September 2, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I would like you to post a picture of Ruth Buzzi on the park bench as Gladys Ormphby next to his picture. The readers will get a kick out of the comparison…

    I’ve been married to Ruth Buzzi for nearly 31 years, and she enjoyed your description…

    by the way, she’s a Texan now…

  3. AtlantaFan
    September 2, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I like it. Fun. It’s a song you’re likely to hear on a Friday night at the bar for those blowing off a little steam.

    You’re right, he does sound a lot like Tim McGraw.

  4. Nicole
    September 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Just wait until you hear some of Josh’s other songs that will be on his cd release in January. There are a lot of great songs that he has written or co-written. Even his early music rocks, but he is getting better every day and every show!! You will be delightfully happy come January!!!

  5. Wade
    October 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I really like this one, hope to see him sometime in concert. We need more new singers like Josh.

  6. Cox
    October 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    hey this guy has got it right. what happened to the early 90s pure country sound? it was taken over by boy bands and teen idols. country music needs josh thompson, eric church, and justin moore… bring all you got josh

  7. FanforADecade
    November 18, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Josh has more talent in his little pinky than most have bestowed upon them in a lifetime. He’s the real deal. Josh doesn’t just look sexy and sing a little, he writes his own music as well[which is more than can be said for most “artists” of this decade]. If you haven’t seen Josh live, please don’t judge. You have no idea what you’re missing. I agree with Nicole, don’t overlook this one, he’s a gem in a pile of stones. I’m looking forward to his CD release in January

  8. Kaylee
    December 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Josh is my cousin. And i totally support him. I think he should keep goin on the road he is. Him and i were pretty close but since he’s not here in Wisconsin much anymore, we lost a little conection. But i still love and support him. He likes what he does and i cant wait until his CD comes out in January!

  9. rebel yell
    December 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

    This is a good get drunk with buddies after work song.

  10. sam (sam)
    December 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Perhaps for his follow up single, He’ll release a good get drunk wtih buddies while at work song.

  11. rebel yell
    December 17, 2009 at 10:20 am

    we can only hope

  12. bobbi
    December 31, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    was wondering when josh thompson cd is out beer on the table and where can i purchase it

  13. Celebrity Fashion
    May 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    He is handsome, and has the talent of a great voice, plus writes songs. You go Josh!!!!!!!

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