Tallahatchie RiverFest bringing national performers to event

The 2013 Tallahatchie RiverFest will again have nationally-known talent headlining the entertainment part of the festival.

The starring performer Saturday night will be Josh Thompson. Opening for him will be Skyler Lane, familiar to many from her appearances on “American Idol.”

The main performer Friday night will be Brian Randle with “Southern Justice.” Randle performed at the 2012 RiverFest where he was one of the most popular entertainers.

Wisconsin native Josh Thompson records on Columbia Records Nashville. He released his debut album Way Out Here in January 2010. The album has produced three top 40 hits for him on the charts: “Beer on the Table,” “Way Out Here” and “Won’t Be Lonely Long.” Thompson wrote or co-wrote every one of the album’s ten tracks.

Starting in February 2010, Thompson began touring with Eric Church and was on parts of Brad Paisley‘s 2010 H2O Tour. Thompson also co-wrote “Church Pew or Bar Stool,” a song recorded by Jason Aldean on his 2010 album My Kinda Party. In 2011 he co-wrote a song entitled “A Man Dont Have To Die”

on Brad Paisley‘s album “This Is Country Music.”

Skylar Laine is from Brandon and may be best known for placing fifth on the eleventh season of American Idol.

Laine auditioned in Houston, Texas. In the semi-finals she performed “Stay with Me” by Faces. She was one of the top five female vote getters and advanced to the top 13. She is the second finalist from Mississippi, the other being Jasmine Murray from American Idol season 8.

She took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012, and in November, 2012 signed with 19 Entertainment and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to work on her debut album. She has worked with songwriters such as Nathan Chapman, Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, and Chris Tompkins. She also debuted an original song called “Settle Down,” written by herself, Chris DeStefano and Anne Preven.

Brian Randle calls Blue Springs home.

According to his biography, he learned to play the guitar strumming along side his Pappaw Randle every weekend, as they emulated The Greats like Hank Sr., Earnest Tubb, George and Merle, Waylon Jennings and John Conlee. His natural musical ability and love of the guitar led to learning the drums, bass and mandolin.

Finding ease in sharing his feelings and telling his stories through written words solidified his desire to pursue a career as a songwriter. His mid-twenties brought him to Nashville where he was able to write alongside the late great songwriting legend, Hank Cochran.

It was during the darkest days of his life, he said, that he rediscovered the saving Grace of music. At his lowest point, his addiction handed him five years of Federal prison time. It was there that he believes God intervened in a cellmate named Rocky, an old guitar picker whose encouragement to put bad experiences on paper moved Brian back toward songwriting and back on his True Path. Randle plays a wide variety of music that goes beyond country or any one genre.

Tallahatchie RiverFest will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21.