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Josh Thompson Finds Himself “Way Out Here” With A Broken Tour Bus


Last week marked a significant milestone for Columbia Nashville newcomer Josh Thompson. After 3 years and 175,000 miles traveling around the country in his 2006 Ford E350 Econoline white van which he fondly called “Van-A-White,” the day finally came that Thompson would graduate to his very own tour bus. 

While preparing to hit the road next month on Brad Paisley’s H20 World Tour, Josh has been playing a series of his own tour dates since finishing the Jagermeister Country Tour with Eric Church in March.  Josh’s dream of traveling in a comfortable bus came true last week when he set out to his next string of gigs, this time in his own luxurious Prevost XLII.  As luck would have it, the shiny new bus broke down following a show at the City Limits Saloon in RaleighNC on Thursday night.   The air compressor, which works the brakes, had died and needed to be towed in for repair.  As no tour bus replacement was immediately available, the bus company sent a Greyhound charter as an alternative to get them to their next stop.  But when they returned to the repair shop to get their gear, they were informed that Josh’s bus had been fixed.

Josh, his band and his bus were finally able to get back on the road Friday afternoon, but they were late for the show in RockinghamNC that night.  To make matters worse, the air compressor died again after that show. That’s when Josh’s tour manager put out a call for the company to send a new tour bus. Thankfully, Josh made it to Saturday’s show in FarmvilleVA on time and without a hitch.

“I spent years in a van, just dreaming of the day I'd get in a bus,” Josh says. “Then I did and it broke down.....twice. Late for the first show in my life because of it.”

But the bout of bad luck hasn’t had Josh reaching for his “Van-A-White” keys just yet. “All in all it doesn't really surprise me,” he shrugs. “But the van never broke down!”

Josh Thompson’s current single and the album’s title track, “Way Out Here,” was recently released to country radio, following his Top 20 debut single, “Beer On The Table.”  Way Out Here is available in stores now.


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