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Thompson Square still coming to grips with success

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Thompson Square is in an interim between its Top 10 debut album and the sophomore set it's currently recording. That's given the husband-wife country duo a chance to pinch itself a little bit over its success.

"We've been so blessed, man," says Keifer Thompson, who's been working with wife Shawna since 2002 after both pursued solo careers. "The other day our publicist was reading off a list of everything we've been able to accomplish, and me and Shawna both just got emotional. We never thought any of this stuff would happen to us."

That "stuff" includes the "Thompson Square" hitting No. 3 on Billboard's Country Albums chart and No. 15 on the overall survey. It's launched three Top 20 country hits, including the chart-topping "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not." And Thompson Square was also named the Top Vocal Duo at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards and won the Duo Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards, as well as being nominated for a pair of Grammys.

Now it's on to the next step, however. The duo is performing a pair of new songs in its shows -- "Here's to Being Here" and "You Don't Get Lucky Sometimes" -- on its current headlining tour, one of which is likely to be its next single and first single from the next album, which Thompson Square hopes to record this fall and have out in 2013.

"Right now they're going over great," says Thompson, who holds a psychology degree from Missouri Southern State University. "We were extremely meticulous about our first record, and it's 10 times that now. We've got to make sure this one is better than the first one, so that's what we're trying to do now -- something we feel is a better album, more focused and well-rounded.

"We know exactly what we want to do and how we want to say it, so we're really confident in how this next record is going to turn out."

Thompson Square, Lauren Duski and The Lost Trailers perform Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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