Brand New Same Old Obsessions
Brand New Same Old Obsessions is not only the title of Justin Thompson's latest release, but it is also the perfect description for his music -- classic meets modern -- jazz meets pop, and now music lovers are meeting Justin Thompson. Oscar winning actress Marcia Gay Harden recently called him the "rowdy Harry Connick Jr" in TIME Magazine. He won Nashville's Starving Artist Award for Best Male Artist two years in a row and his debut CD, Tasty Puddin', was named one of Music City's top ten CDs of the year by the Nashville Rage. During his tenure in Nashville, he performed with Katharine Wayland (The Squirrel Nut Zippers), Mark O'Connor, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, John Hartford, Riders in the Sky, David Grier, Buddy Spicher, Mandy Barnett, Greg Garing, Kathy Chiavola, Annie Sellick, and the Gypsy Hombres. As an Hombre, he was voted "Best Jazz Musician of Nashville" and had two best selling CDs -- Cafe Strut and Django Bells. The latter received critical acclaim from around the country including four stars from Down Beat magazine and the season's top pick by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR's "All Songs Considered." Now based out of New York City, Justin is touring venues ranging from festivals such as South By Southwest to black tie affairs including dinner parties for the former prime minister of Canada and Nashville's Swan Ball (alongside Tony Bennett) to college campuses, house concerts, and jazz clubs scattered throughout the United States. JUSTIN THOMPSON was a fixture on the Nashville jazz scene before departing a few years ago for New York City. A smooth crooner and incendiary guitarist (he's a rabid Django-phile, though by no means an imitator), Thompson wrote nearly all of the music on 2006's Brand New Same Old Obsessions, a collection of old-school swing, ballads, the occasional pop number and even a cover of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' that sounds like a cross between late-'60s Miles and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. A warning to the fellas: Thompson's got the kind of laid-back delivery-- somewhere between Chet Baker and Harry Connick Jr.-- that makes the women swoon, so grab your date and skedaddle before he goes on break. JACK SILVERMAN -- THE NASHVILLE SCENE 'CLASSIC ... A MUST HAVE' DISCOVERINGARTISTS.COM 'A VOICE DESTINED FOR LARGE CONCERT HALLS ... PHENOMENALLY SKILLED GUITAR STYLE' THE VANDERBILT HUSTLER 'A HANDSOME LAD WITH A VOICE THAT WILL MELT' THE WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL 'HE CAN CROON LIKE BING OR RIP LIKE THE ZIPPERS' THE TENNESSEAN 'RUN, DON'T WALK, AND GO SEE HIM' THE TENNESSEE JAZZ AND BLUES SOCIETY.