By Sheena Barnett
NEW ALBANY – Josh Thompson should be familiar with North Mississippi.
The country singer has been through the area before, and he has a gig at the Tallahatchie Riverfest on Saturday.
He’ll also return to Tupelo in November when he opens up for Randy Houser and Justin Moore on Moore’s “Off The Beaten Path” tour at the Bancorp South Arena.
“(Touring) is a great way to see America,” Thompson said in a phone interview with the Journal from a tour stop in Alabama.
Thompson just released a new single, “Cold Beer With Your Name On It.”
“My new record is done, but there’s no release date,” Thompson said. “We’ve been playing four or five of the new songs live and getting great response. It’s great to get a crowd’s reaction: If they react to a song they’ve never heard before, you know you’ve got something.”
At the Tallahatchie Riverfest, fans can expect to hear Thompson’s hit songs like “Beer on the Table” and “Way Out Here,” as well as cuts from the new album, due out in early 2014.
“If you like to party and listen to country music, get your tail out there,” he said.
Mississippi native and former “American Idol” contestant Skylar Laine will open for Thompson.
The Tallahatchie Riverfest includes two days of music, arts and crafts, food and kids’ events. There’s a 5K and a doughnut-eating contest on Saturday.