A self-described "Hillbilly from East Tennessee," Tara Thompson was raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounded by the sights and sounds of small-town life. Bars, mobile homes and lawns dotted with pink flamingos would all influence her songwriting on Hillbilly Christmas, her current Christmas Album. “Christmas in a small town usually means you are house hopping and more than likely drinking moonshine and someone may or may not wind up in jail,” says Thompson, and her album puts this into a story.
From the album, “Willie Nelson Tickets” is a Dear Santa letter with one wish, a pair of Willie Nelson tickets. “I’ve been obsessed with Willie Nelson for as long as I can remember, he is my favorite songwriter… I’ve only gotten to see him live twice” she says. “Christmas Eve” is a story from her heart that many will relate to. “My fiancé travels for a living and is never home on Christmas. It’s a song about missing loved ones during the holidays.”
In addition to the nine original songs on Hillbilly Christmas, Thompson includes a cover of the classic Elvis Presley song “Blue Christmas”. She says “Covering “Blue Christmas” by Elvis was a no brainer. I absolutely adore Elvis. He’s the king and I think we all have a little bit of a blue Christmas without him.”
Thompson’s musical career began when she left home as a teenager, moved to Nashville and became a regular act at many of the famed Broadway honky-tonks. She sang the classic Country music that influenced her, including songs by Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and of course her cousin, the legendary Loretta Lynn. After six years, she landed a major record deal with The Valory Music Co., released her debut EP Someone To Take Your Place, had a single at country radio and found herself on the Nissan Stadium stage during CMA Fest singing with Hank Williams Jr. Thompson was invited to perform at The Grand Ole Opry, was inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2016 and subsequently was part of CMT’s Next Women of Country tour alongside Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark and Lindsay Ell.
Hillbilly Christmas marks Thompson’s first independent release since Someone To Take Your Place. She will be touring supporting the release, and will release an official video for “Christmas Eve”. For more information visit www.tarathompson.com.