All husband and wife duo Thompson Square needs is love – and hard work and perseverance. Shawna and Keifer Thompson will share the story behind their “10-year overnight success” in Origins: Thompson Square, premiering Thursday, November 21 at 8/7c on Great American Country. The special will include interviews with their parents and business associates as well as acoustic performances of some of their biggest hits.
Early in their relationship they developed a routine of performing and bartending on Lower Broadway in Downtown Nashville. “We spent 90% of our ‘getting there’ time at Legends bar,” Keifer said. Sixty to 70 hour work weeks were normal for the pair. They each had solo record deals that fell through and when they were first offered a deal as a duo, it turned out to be a hoax.
“I didn’t think I’d ever be the guy to fall for something like that, it was really a bad time for us,” Keifer said. The couple decided to give it one more year. They continued bartending and playing when they could and agreed to do one last showcase. There was no guest list as they figured if everyone paid to get in, they would at least have money for food that night. That last showcase resulted in record deal with Stoney Creek Records.
Being married to one another and their work suits the couple just fine. “We don’t function very well if we’re not together all the time,” Keifer said. “That’s not to say that we don’t fight like cats and dogs,” Shawna added. “We have the same problems as other married couples.”
Being a couple and a duo that travels the country to perform for fans does have one problem, however. “What’s weird is that when you get in a fight on a tour bus you can’t slam any doors,” Keifer said. “Because they have those air compression doors that take, like, 45 seconds to close.”