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Being the next great country duo was never Thompson Square’s plan

Keifer and Shawna Thompson are Thompson Square, a duo onstage and off.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson are Thompson Square, a duo onstage and off. Pennington Entertainment

The Thompson Square duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson never had designs on being the next Johnny and June or George and Tammy.

“Our duo was formed out of the desire to be together and to sing and do music for a living, and more important, be together doing it,” Keifer says from the back porch of his Alabama home.

Since teaming up more than a decade ago, in both music and matrimony, The Thompsons have added to country music’s duo catalog with hits including Are You Gonna Kiss Me? and their latest, You Make it Look So Good.

Recently they’ve been focused on their latest production, son Cooper, who will be 6 months old next week. But the duo will bring new music when they perform Monday night on the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Square in an event leading up to the 2016 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Tuesday at the Lexington Legends’ Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The new music is in preparation for a third studio album, which Keifer says he thinks will be their best, in part due to their new trio status.

“With Cooper being here and everything else, it’s just been amazing,” Keifer says. “The songs are better; everything about it seems to be next level for us.

“Two albums in, your stuff needs to be getting better; it needs to be getting more timeless. That’s the kind of stuff we gravitate toward: the country songs, the story songs, the songs that mean something to us, that mean something to most people.”

And if there’s an echo of Johnny and June Carter Cash or of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, it wasn’t what they were going for, but the Thompsons won’t mind.

If you go

Thompson Square

What: Playing South Atlantic League All-Star Game concert, with opener William Michael Morgan

When: 6 p.m. June 20

Where: Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, Main Street at North Limestone

Admission: Free

Online: Thompsonsquare.com, Lexingtonlegends.com

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