Danny Thompson Band has many more miles to go

News Feb 19, 2016 by Colleen Toms Brant News

After more than three decades of writing, singing and performing, Brantford’s Danny Thompson has put in his fair share of miles.

Now, after releasing a tribute song to his late son Jamie titled Miles and Miles, Thompson’s hard work is bearing fruit in the United States with a nomination for Best New Country Artist by New Music Weekly.

“It’s incredible,” Thompson said during a phone interview. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years or more. I just didn’t think I would get an award nomination in the same category as Sam Hunt, who won it last year. Just to be nominated in the same category as someone with such a big name is an honour.”

Jamie was a trucker who was killed at the age of 33 while driving his rig through Quebec in December 2012. Thompson had just finished writing the song for Jamie about six months before the tragic accident.

“I personally feel it has had a lot of success because he’s up there pulling for me,” Thompson, a Simcoe native, said. “I do believe he really liked the fact that I wrote a song for him.”

Miles and Miles was recorded in Nashville and released in Canada at the beginning of this year. It has received airplay on more than 60 radio stations and is climbing the charts on both sides of the border.

The band recently released a video of the song that was filmed at Sharp Transportation in Cambridge.

“I think Miles and Miles has a good story behind it,” Thompson said. “It’s all about the life of a truck driver and it has a nice, catchy beat.”

Thompson was set to return to Nashville on Sunday to finalize tracks for his second studio album, also titled Miles and Miles. His first album Rockin’ Myself to Sleep was released in the 1980s.

“This time we decided to record in Nashville and we now have a major record label looking at us in Nashville,” Thompson said.

Lamon Records has ties to Sony Music Entertainment, which will give The Danny Thompson Band a significant boost in the country music industry. The album is set to be released in mid-March.

The Danny Thompson Band includes Thompson’s daughter Danielle on piano and vocals, son Jordan on bass, Darren Driscol on lead guitar, Devon Turnbull on drums and Darrel Ross on fiddle.

“Playing with family is really cool,” Thompson said. “That’s the best part of the whole thing. The funny thing is my son Jordan is very reserved and I’m a little more eccentric, a little wilder and crazier, so he keeps me in check.”

Thompson expects to hear if The Danny Thompson Band will be named Best Country Artist in March.

“It’s pretty exciting for sure,” he said. “Now I’m just wondering where it is going to go from there.”

Finding success after three decades in the industry has inspired Thompson to keep doing what he loves to do.

“I’ve still got a few more albums in me,” he said. “One of the mistakes I made is that I didn’t ask the questions I should have asked. If you don’t know how to do something, another musician will.”

Thompson plans to host a CD release party in April or May. Follow him on Facebook to find out when the event will take place.

His newly released video can be found by searching Danny Thompson Miles and Miles or by viewing www.dannythompsonband.com.

Danny Thompson Band has many more miles to go

After three decades of performing band is finding success with Miles and Miles

News Feb 19, 2016 by Colleen Toms Brant News

After more than three decades of writing, singing and performing, Brantford’s Danny Thompson has put in his fair share of miles.

Now, after releasing a tribute song to his late son Jamie titled Miles and Miles, Thompson’s hard work is bearing fruit in the United States with a nomination for Best New Country Artist by New Music Weekly.

“It’s incredible,” Thompson said during a phone interview. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years or more. I just didn’t think I would get an award nomination in the same category as Sam Hunt, who won it last year. Just to be nominated in the same category as someone with such a big name is an honour.”

Jamie was a trucker who was killed at the age of 33 while driving his rig through Quebec in December 2012. Thompson had just finished writing the song for Jamie about six months before the tragic accident.

“I personally feel it has had a lot of success because he’s up there pulling for me,” Thompson, a Simcoe native, said. “I do believe he really liked the fact that I wrote a song for him.”

Miles and Miles was recorded in Nashville and released in Canada at the beginning of this year. It has received airplay on more than 60 radio stations and is climbing the charts on both sides of the border.

The band recently released a video of the song that was filmed at Sharp Transportation in Cambridge.

“I think Miles and Miles has a good story behind it,” Thompson said. “It’s all about the life of a truck driver and it has a nice, catchy beat.”

Thompson was set to return to Nashville on Sunday to finalize tracks for his second studio album, also titled Miles and Miles. His first album Rockin’ Myself to Sleep was released in the 1980s.

“This time we decided to record in Nashville and we now have a major record label looking at us in Nashville,” Thompson said.

Lamon Records has ties to Sony Music Entertainment, which will give The Danny Thompson Band a significant boost in the country music industry. The album is set to be released in mid-March.

The Danny Thompson Band includes Thompson’s daughter Danielle on piano and vocals, son Jordan on bass, Darren Driscol on lead guitar, Devon Turnbull on drums and Darrel Ross on fiddle.

“Playing with family is really cool,” Thompson said. “That’s the best part of the whole thing. The funny thing is my son Jordan is very reserved and I’m a little more eccentric, a little wilder and crazier, so he keeps me in check.”

Thompson expects to hear if The Danny Thompson Band will be named Best Country Artist in March.

“It’s pretty exciting for sure,” he said. “Now I’m just wondering where it is going to go from there.”

Finding success after three decades in the industry has inspired Thompson to keep doing what he loves to do.

“I’ve still got a few more albums in me,” he said. “One of the mistakes I made is that I didn’t ask the questions I should have asked. If you don’t know how to do something, another musician will.”

Thompson plans to host a CD release party in April or May. Follow him on Facebook to find out when the event will take place.

His newly released video can be found by searching Danny Thompson Miles and Miles or by viewing www.dannythompsonband.com.

Danny Thompson Band has many more miles to go

After three decades of performing band is finding success with Miles and Miles

News Feb 19, 2016 by Colleen Toms Brant News

After more than three decades of writing, singing and performing, Brantford’s Danny Thompson has put in his fair share of miles.

Now, after releasing a tribute song to his late son Jamie titled Miles and Miles, Thompson’s hard work is bearing fruit in the United States with a nomination for Best New Country Artist by New Music Weekly.

“It’s incredible,” Thompson said during a phone interview. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years or more. I just didn’t think I would get an award nomination in the same category as Sam Hunt, who won it last year. Just to be nominated in the same category as someone with such a big name is an honour.”

Jamie was a trucker who was killed at the age of 33 while driving his rig through Quebec in December 2012. Thompson had just finished writing the song for Jamie about six months before the tragic accident.

“I personally feel it has had a lot of success because he’s up there pulling for me,” Thompson, a Simcoe native, said. “I do believe he really liked the fact that I wrote a song for him.”

Miles and Miles was recorded in Nashville and released in Canada at the beginning of this year. It has received airplay on more than 60 radio stations and is climbing the charts on both sides of the border.

The band recently released a video of the song that was filmed at Sharp Transportation in Cambridge.

“I think Miles and Miles has a good story behind it,” Thompson said. “It’s all about the life of a truck driver and it has a nice, catchy beat.”

Thompson was set to return to Nashville on Sunday to finalize tracks for his second studio album, also titled Miles and Miles. His first album Rockin’ Myself to Sleep was released in the 1980s.

“This time we decided to record in Nashville and we now have a major record label looking at us in Nashville,” Thompson said.

Lamon Records has ties to Sony Music Entertainment, which will give The Danny Thompson Band a significant boost in the country music industry. The album is set to be released in mid-March.

The Danny Thompson Band includes Thompson’s daughter Danielle on piano and vocals, son Jordan on bass, Darren Driscol on lead guitar, Devon Turnbull on drums and Darrel Ross on fiddle.

“Playing with family is really cool,” Thompson said. “That’s the best part of the whole thing. The funny thing is my son Jordan is very reserved and I’m a little more eccentric, a little wilder and crazier, so he keeps me in check.”

Thompson expects to hear if The Danny Thompson Band will be named Best Country Artist in March.

“It’s pretty exciting for sure,” he said. “Now I’m just wondering where it is going to go from there.”

Finding success after three decades in the industry has inspired Thompson to keep doing what he loves to do.

“I’ve still got a few more albums in me,” he said. “One of the mistakes I made is that I didn’t ask the questions I should have asked. If you don’t know how to do something, another musician will.”

Thompson plans to host a CD release party in April or May. Follow him on Facebook to find out when the event will take place.

His newly released video can be found by searching Danny Thompson Miles and Miles or by viewing www.dannythompsonband.com.