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Rollingstone proclaimed Tara Thompson to be the "Loretta Lynn for the Instagram Generation" in their February 2016: 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.
In fact, Lynn is her third cousin and a major influence on Thompson's songs rooted in true stories. ("Pregnant at the Prom" was inspired by her own mother.)
At 18, this "hillbilly from East Tennessee" peeled out of her tiny hometown of Sevierville (birthplace of Dolly Parton) for Nashville, where she cut her teeth at the iconic honky-tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
Her tenacity paid off: Scott Borchetta recently signed Thompson to his Big Machine Label Group. She's been putting the final touches on her candid tracks and is expected to release her full-length album later this year.
She's currently on the road with Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark as part of CMT's Next Women of Country Tour.
Get down to the W2565 stage and see this spunky songstress live!