Big Machine Label Group/Valory Music Co. artist Tara Thompson may be genetically predisposed to greatness as Loretta Lynn's cousin, but this East Tennessee-born and bred singer is a superstar in her own right.
A self-proclaimed "tomboy," Thompson is currently on tour with Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark, and Lindsay Ell on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour, sponsored by Cover Girl cosmetics. Even though Thompson is a country girl through and through and is more likely to be found in a pair of "holey" jeans than a ball gown, this rising star still tends to get somewhat glitzy and glamorous when heading into the spotlight.
Explaining that she goes back to her roots when figuring out her style for a show, Thompson guaranteed that if she is wearing pants, they will have some rips in them. "I call them my 'holey pants.' I actually reference that in a few of my songs about how I have holey jeans on." However, Thompson admitted that she taps more into her girly side with accessories. "I like to accessorize a lot with jewelry. I always have a necklace on, and I actually have this really cool ring that's become like my favorite thing. It's a gun ring. Actually, a fan gave it to me and it's the coolest thing ever."
That gun ring may make you think of another country music artist immediately -- Miss Gunpowder and Lead herself, Miranda Lambert. Thompson shared that Lambert's look is one that she feels closely resembles her own, mostly because both these strong female singers are "very laid back and simple." Thompson went on to explain, "She looks like a cowgirl. I'm kind of a cowgirl. I've got horses. We ride."
Though Thompson believes Lambert is a little more girly than she is because of her affinity for pink, she thinks the seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year is probably the closest in style to her. "I'm a tomboy, so I don't want to be too dressy, but I'm dressed enough with lots of jewelry, and I love wearing my hat. Sometimes I'll wear it, sometimes I won't, but I'm big on my trucker hats."
Under those trucker hats, Thompson will always be found wearing mascara and concealer. "When you're on the road and don't get much sleep, you need to cover up some dark circles under your eyes!" However, with Thompson's natural "high on life" attitude and constant flow of admirable energy, it is rare those dark circles appear. "Everyone's always like 'what are you on?! Can I get some of that?! What did you drink? Ten Red Bulls?' I'm like 'no. I just so happy being out on the road, doing what I've always wanted to do!"
Another thing that makes Thompson happy is her recent Target discovery of travel-sized items that exist for the Cover Girl on-the-go. "I was like, 'Oh my God! I don't have to check a bag!'" Thompson credits this discovery for saving her life because it has kept her from having to check bags and face the fear of lost luggage. "It was like a game-changer for me! Who knew they made travel-sized hairspray?! You probably did. I didn't."
Thompson is also relieved that Jack Daniels comes in small bottles, considering a single shot of the whiskey is something she loves to get her hands on just before stepping on stage. "Somethin' about the burn keeps you goin'!" By the end of the interview, Thompson had decided taking a shot will be her new pre-show ritual -- for the health of her vocal cords, of course.
One of 2016's most buzzed about new artists, Tara Thompson, proved to be a kind, humble, hilarious person behind the very evident abundance of talent she possesses. Thompson's talent can be witnessed on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour and in her recently released debut single "Someone To Take Your Place." You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website for updated information regarding upcoming show dates (including her Grand Ole Opry debut Sat. Apr. 30) and her forthcoming album.