The Academy of Country Music reigning Top Vocal Duo of the Year made their first appearance at the Soo Pass Ranch’s world’s largest country music festival known as WE Fest in Detroit Lakes Minnesota on Saturday. Thompson Square is the team of Kiefer and Shauna Thompson who have come a long way in a relatively short period of time. Appearing on the country music scene a few years ago with their flirtatious infectious hit, “You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” the group exploded on the country music scene. Being married in the country music business is possible, and the Thompsons have remained true to their roots as well each other. Not that they want to be the next power couple like say Blake and Miranda but the two of them have found magic on stage and songwriting making them the perfect match in more ways than one.
The afternoon crowd had not yet arrived and most of the VIP area was looking a bit empty. Perhaps they celebrated a little too much last night? Whether or not that really was the case or not it sounded like a good excuse. It might even be safe to say that if tonight’s headliner Zac Brown Band performed for the 4 p.m. they too may have some trouble filling those front seats. At any rate Thompson Square where ready for whatever size crowd they would walk out to and they certainly proved it.
Opening with “I Got You” Shauna and Kiefer let it all out and they let the crowd know they were honored to be invited to their party. The energy and chemistry that these two have was most apparent on numbers “Everything I Shouldn’t Be” which was filmed in Patsy Clines house; “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Glass.” The band sounded great and the way the guitarists interacted with the crowd really got them into the music.
Immediately following Thompson Square was another legendary performer who hasn’t performed at WE Fest for about ten or so years. Travis Tritt sounded incredible and his energy level was incredible. Tritt seemed to soar through a decade of hits including, “T.R.O.U.B.L.E.,” “Country Club,” and “Anymore.” The crowd reacted when he started “Call Someone Who Cares.”
Following Tritt was a member of the bro-country movement, Brantley Gilbert, (Florida Georgia Line performed earlier in the festival) and wrapping things up was Zac Brown Band.