Tennessee native and self-proclaimed “hillbilly” Tara Thompson is one of a kind. Her songs are filled with raw and sometimes inelegant truths about who she is and where she comes from. Authenticity is never lacking with this trailer park diva. Thompson, who is a cousin of the great Loretta Lynn, is proud of her heritage and knowledge of country music. Her bold lyrics combined with traditional country melodies makes her the female version of Hank III. Thompson has this outlaw country flair but still modern enough to appeal to the mainstream listeners. Tara Thompson is everything we need in country music and so much more!
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
I am answering these questions on my front porch with my two dogs, Rollie Mae and Bella. I’m wearing a tank top that says “Pizza Is Life” and American flag shorts while barefoot and of course I’m wearing my ball cap and drinking a beer!
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
I write songs and I sing them. I love everything about entertaining people and putting smiles on people’s faces. My life has and will always be music.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
I cannot live without my dogs, my voice and Willie Nelson!
What’s the first concert you attended?
The first concert I ever attended was Loretta Lynn.
What’s your favorite cartoon character?
No brainer, my favorite cartoon is Spider Man. I named my car Peter Parker for crying out loud!
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
The hardest life lesson I have learned is that not everyone is gonna like you and of course I learned that that’s OK.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hangout spot in Music City?
One of my favorite hangouts in Nashville is a place called The Palace. It’s right across the street from the Opry. They have the best cheeseburgers and they play only old-school country music. It’s pretty awesome.
Beer or whiskey?
Both! But if I could only have one I guess I would have to say whiskey.
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
My favorite country singers from the 90s would have to be Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis.
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite song because they are all my babies but I do have a special place in my heart for “Jail.” That song is always fun to perform and I love the feeling I get when I sing it.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
So far my favorite place to perform is the Opry! Nothing can describe the feeling of singing on the Grand Ole Opry stage where all my heroes have played.
What’s one gift you will never forget?
One gift I will never forget is an old banjo my grandpa gave me. As you can tell from my music, I LOVE the banjo!
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
I absolutely love old people (the kind that don’t get offended be my calling them old!). Maybe it’s because I’m an old soul myself but I have always wanted to help the elderly. My best friend is an 82-year-old man and I do my best to visit him and his friends as much as possible and always help him out. When I have free time, I love checking in on him – it’s very important to me.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
I think songwriters play the most important role in the music business. Where would we be without songs? Songs that tell a story are everything to me. Thankful for good songwriters and country music!
What’s one superpower you wish you had?
Sometimes I wish I could be invisible. Although I would be a horrible spy being as that I’m so clumsy.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
I would make a plain peanut butter sandwich or a white bread with bacon only mmm…I’m pretty simple when it comes to food.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why.
Elvis Presley. He is a legend.
What makes you laugh out loud?
What makes me laugh out loud is my niece and nephews…they say the damnedest things.
Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t doing music for a living I would be a…
…TV host of some sort.
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…who I am today. I’ve sung since I can remember and I love the feeling I get inside when a song hits me the right way. It’s healed me when I was hurt and has always found a way to put a smile on my face. Country music is my life.