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Thompson Square is ready for some creative time

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Thompson Square is getting ready to go away -- not forever and not even for all that long, but the husband-wife country duo plans to lay uncharacteristically low as it makes it's already-in-progress third album.

"This is going to be, like, the first time we've ever been able to shut down completely for, like, four to seven weeks and just do a record, man," says Keifer Thompson, who met his wife, Shawna, at a Nashville singing competition, banding together in 2002. "That's been a thing I've always wanted to do and Shawna's always wanted to do but we've never been able to. It's always so busy and hectic."

Thompson isn't complaining. Thompson Square's two albums have both gone Top 5 on the country charts, yielding the No. 1, double-platinum hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" as well as the Top 10 singles "I Got You" and "If I Didn't Have You." The next album, he says, will chart some different musical territory, working with different writers and a new producer in Nashville hitmaker Dann Huff.

"We're changing everything up and growing and writing," Thompson promises. "There's a lot of fun stuff and a lot of cool stuff we've been wanting to do for a long time. It's going to be quite a change from anything you've heard from Thompson Square before, but as an artist you can't just keep doing the same thing. We obviously love to push boundaries."

Change is risky, of course, especially in country music, but the Thompsons are confident they can pull it off without alienating the fans they already have.

"Thank goodness we've had two albums and several hits under our belt now," Thompson says. "A lot of artists, when you're first signing and everything else, maybe they'll get one single or one album. This business is extremely frugal and frail, and you can be here today and you can be here today and gone tomorrow.

"I mean, this next album could completely flop and we could be gone, too. We don't know what's gonna happen. That also makes it exciting."

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