Brand New Same Old Obsessions is not only the title of Justin Thompson's latest release, but it is also the perfect description for his music. Original love songs that combine jazz and pop elements to create a unique sound that is all at once both classic and modern. "It’s just another spin/ On the same old thing again" croons Justin on the opening track, but within a few moments, the listener realizes Justin is not imitating a style, he has created his own musical niche as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The result has been applauded by fans and critics alike. He won Nashville’s “Starving Artist Award” for best male artist of 2002 and 2003, and, the Nashville Rage named his debut CD, Tasty Puddin', as one of the years top ten CDs.
While most singer songwriters become competent enough on an instrument to accompany themselves on stage, Justin Thompson can PLAY. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, he moved to Nashville and quickly became one of the areas most popular jazz guitarists. During his tenure in Music City, he performed with Katharine Wayland (The Squirrel Nut Zippers), Mark O'Connor, John Hartford, Riders in the Sky, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, David Grier, Buddy Spicher, Mandy Barnett, Greg Garing, Kathy Chiavola, The Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Annie Sellick, and the Gypsy Hombres. As an Hombre, he was voted “Best Jazz Musician of Nashville” and had two best selling CDs -- Cafe Strut and Django Bells. In 2002, Merless International Records re-released Django Bells and it received critical acclaim from around the country including four stars from Down Beat magazine. It was also chosen as the season’s top pick by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR’s “All Songs Considered.”
Now located in New York City, Justin is touring venues ranging from festivals such as South By Southwest to black tie affairs including Nashville's Swan Ball (alongside Tony Bennett) to college campuses, house concerts, and jazz clubs scattered throughout the United States. Call today to experience his music on your stage, and discover for yourself why he is much more than just another spin on the same old thing again.
"HE'S THE ROWDY HARRY CONNICK JR"
OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS MARCIA GAY HARDEN IN TIME MAGAZINE (2/23/09)
"A SMOOTH CROONER AND INCENDIARY GUITARIST, THOMPSON'S GOT THE KIND OF LAID-BACK DELIVERY -- SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CHET BAKER AND HARRY CONNICK JR. -- THAT MAKES THE WOMEN SWOON. "
THE NASHVILLE SCENE
"CLASSIC ... A MUST HAVE"
"A VOICE DESTINED FOR LARGE CONCERT HALLS
... PHENOMENALLY SKILLED GUITAR STYLE"
THE VANDERBILT HUSTLER
"A HANDSOME LAD WITH A VOICE THAT WILL MELT"
THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL
"HE CAN CROON LIKE BING OR RIP LIKE THE ZIPPERS"
"RUN, DON'T WALK, AND GO SEE HIM"
THE TENNESSEE JAZZ AND BLUES SOCIETY
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