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Thompson Square

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Shawna and Keifer Thompson of country duo Thompson Square join Gary Scott Thomas this week and let me tell you. This is a juicy conversation!

In this episode:

  • Why they moved so far out of Nashville
  • Their song “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”
  • Their new song “Country in My Soul”
  • The peaks and valleys of being an artist
  • The odds of “making it”
  • Losing family & friends along their journey to the top
  • Their new team
  • Parenting in the music industry
  • Parents’ responsibilities to teach equality
  • Racism in America
  • How to judge someone
  • Defining what success looks like to them
  • Why they’ll never play 270 shows in a year again
  • The root of Country Music
  • The problem with appealing to the masses
  • The evolution of award shows
  • Why a show got canceled
  • Championing people who show value
  • Comedy and Country
  • Being divided as a country

I told you it was a juicy one! Dive in!

Quotations:

“I don’t feel famous.” ~Shawna Thompson

“We don’t feel like we exude the ‘famosity.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“You always feel like you’re clawing and scratching.” ~Keifer Thompson

“The crazy ride continues.” ~Shawna Thompson

“In the eyes of God, we’re all equal.” ~Keifer Thompson

“Anytime you force something, it’s not real.” ~Keifer Thompson

“People seem to be more open now.” ~Keifer Thompson

“There are some great artists you’re never going to hear, just because that’s the nature of the industry.” ~Keifer Thompson

“We have to continue to check ourselves and say, ‘I’m not better than anyone.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“I hate social media for all the hate it spreads.” ~Keifer Thompson

“He’ll pull a Will Smith real quick.” ~Shawna Thompson

Bio:

Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, both of whom alternate as vocalists. They’ve won awards such as the Academy of Country Music Award for Duo of the Year and the Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their new single is “Country in My Soul.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://thompsonsquare.com/

Jungle Doug

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*Trigger Warning: suicide

By audience demand, Gary Scott Thomas reunites with his former co-host Jungle Doug! This episode will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel like you made a new friend.

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Sending radio tapes for his made-up radio station
  • Doing German radio
  • Being a candy dealer at age 9
  • How independent he had to be as a young kid
  • How he got into radio
  • Embracing fun for a career
  • Being judged by a Christian radio audience
  • Clean humor
  • Finding humor in the everyday
  • Putting ego aside
  • Baby Man
  • His mother’s suicide
  • EMDR
  • Getting rid of his porn ‘stache

Quotations:

“We need less Facebook and more face to face.” ~Jungle Doug

“When stones get thrown at you, just get out of their firing range.” ~Jungle Doug

“Suicide is tough to talk about, but we need to.” ~Jungle Doug

“Being transparent on the radio is just what we do.” ~Jungle Doug

Guest’s Bio:

Doug began his career in 1986 on the radio in the San Francisco Bay Area and started his mobile DJ business in 1988.  In California, Doug worked on over 25 stations, including six years as morning sidekick “Jungle Doug” on 95.3 KRTY Hot Country/San Jose, mid-day personality on the adult contemporary KKIS/Concord, and traffic rapper “Doug EEE Fresh” on the urban KSOL/San Francisco.   In 1998, Doug moved to Tennessee for 3 years as a host on the “Doug & Connie” and “Doug & Karla” morning shows on WAY FM.  In 2001, Doug moved to 94FM The Fish and has been on the air there since the station’s first morning on the air.

Currently, you can hear Doug as the Afternoon Drive Host (3-7 pm) – Prior to that Doug spent six years on the “Doug & Jaci Velasquez – Family Friendly Morning Show” and 9 years on “Doug & Kim”  94FM The Fish is the flagship station for the nationally syndicated “Today’s Christian Music” Network heard on over 80 stations in the US.  Doug is also a member of the Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association and is a multi-year award winner on Wedding Wire.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://douggriffin.com/

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/07/01/christian-radio-personality-blast-his-moms-ashes-skyward-fireworks/439291001/

Instagram: @djdouggriffin

Dusty Slay

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You have to listen to this episode with comedian Dusty Slay. You may remember having seen him on Netflix or The Tonight Show. This episode is the one that makes Gary snort! Also, you’re going to have to rewind the part where Dusty talks about his family tree and convoluted family dynamic just to make sure you heard him correctly. You can make this stuff up!

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Sobriety & accidentally almost relapsing
  • Growing as a person and looking back at those who peaked in high school
  • What dating was like as a comedian
  • How his parents’ divorce shaped his career
  • Using humor to heal
  • How he reacts when an audience doesn’t think he’s funny
  • How prevalent divorce was many decades ago
  • Disappointing truckers
  • Growing up with rough friends
  • Moving on from people from the past
  • Having friends who are better than you are
  • The time when $20 blew his mind
  • The mattress that almost killed him

Quotations:

“When so many things are thrown at you, you just learn to make jokes about it.” ~Dusty Slay

“What’s wrong with this audience.” ~Dusty Slay

“Laughter is an aphrodisiac.” ~Dusty Slay

“I thought I was hilarious.” ~Dusty Slay

People are dealing with addiction like never before.” ~Dusty Slay

“Life is better for me without alcohol.” ~Dusty Slay

“I love to be underestimated.” ~Dusty Slay

Guest’s Bio:

Dusty Slay is a standup comedian appearing on ‘The Standups’, streaming on Netflix for the third season now according to Wikipedia.

Dusty Slay has also appeared in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.

Dusty is known for Laughs in 2014, The Standups in 2017, and Somewhat Damaged Podcast in 2021.

He is now featured on the new series called “The Standups” where the comedians are generally less well-known than comics who have stand-alone specials.

Dusty Slay came from a broken family who divorced when he was young. He parted his childhood by spending time between the two of them.

His mom lived in an Alabama trailer park whereas his dad lived on a farm outside of LaFayette.

Dividing his time with both of his parents, he has so many memories he shared on the stage and they are hilarious.

Dusty Slay is 39 years of age as he was born in 1982 on 18 May. He hails from Opelika Alabama and he now resides in Nashville. Tennessee, USA.

He grew up in an Alabama trailer park and he has so many stories of his blackout drunk memories.

The comedian Dusty Slay is happily married to his wife Hannah Hogan for quite some time already. Hanna is also a standup comedian, actress, and writer from Canada.

The couple also started a podcast “We’re Having A Good Time” about their journey on road as a comic. But soon Hanna left the show in March of 2021 and Dusty hosted the show alone for a while.

Hanna can be seen acting in Nothing Shocks Anyone Anymore in 2006, To Each Her Own in 2008, That’s So Wrong in 2011, and Meet The Family in 2014.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.dustyslay.com/

Killer Beaz

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In This Episode:

  • How Moonshine Is Made and the Process of Filming the Docudrama “Moonshiners”
  • Part Time Comedians and the Reality of Performers Today
  • Performing At the Grand Ole Opry 
  • Killer Beaz’s Heart Attacks
  • The Power of Words and the Examples People Set
  • Is Cain Still Alive?

Quotations:

“The other pastor, who had been in the hospital the night before with kidney stones, was at the ER five minutes after I was.” – Killer Beaz

“…That made such an impression on me that I want to set that kind of example the whole rest of my life.” – Killer Beaz

“Creative people are creative people, they’re not merely creative when they’re in a good mood.” – Killer Beaz

“There’s power in our words and the greatest weapon on Earth, literally, is the human tongue.” – Killer Beaz

“This day and age, when you’re a performer, you’ve got to have the media on your side.” – Killer Beaz

Guest’s Bio:

Comedian Killer Beaz is currently filming his fifth season as a cast member of the Discovery Channel’s hit series, “Moonshiners”, and returning to his standup comedy tour. He is returning to his tour of his DVD and Download Video, “There’s That!”, and is looking forward to his tour of clean comedy, “Killer Beaz PRESENTS” featuring the standup of Beaz and outstanding comics handpicked from all over the country

With many thousands of radio, television, and stage appearances, Beaz has been entertaining audiences for over three decades. He is an award-winning artist, and has been signed with both Sony and Warner Brothers Records, and received reviews such as:  

“Beaz is ‘Killer!’” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“Killer Beaz lives up to his name, “Killing” his audience, night after night, show after show!”  
– Entertainment Today/Las Vegas, NV

“Killer Beaz has a universal appeal that makes him a crowd favorite!” – SHOWTIME/Reno, NV

“Gut-busting takes on life! No matter if you live in L.A., New York City or the Deep South, you can relate.”
-Country Weekly

Killer Beaz has his own, unique brand of “Hard Hitting” – “Laugh out Loud” – “Laugh A Lot” – “HI-PROOF” – “High Energy” – “Everyman” style humor that appeals to any audience. When asked, Beaz says about his shows, “I love the art of stand-up comedy, the performance, seeing the room absolutely erupt in laughter and fun, it’s fun to me, and I enjoy having an effect on the room and making people belly laugh with tears rolling down their face. There is such delight in that! I love my job! I have a ball at my shows!”  

See him on television, hear him on the radio, see his stage performance live…you’ll be “Stung for Life
For more information on Killer Beaz go to www.killerbeaz.com.  
MORE ABOUT KILLER BEAZ
Killer Beaz is a favorite guest of several nationally syndicated radio shows, Beaz entertains millions of his fans on a regular basis. USA Today says he is a “Star rising in the South!” He’s made numerous appearances on The Discovery Channel, Showtime, Entertainment Tonight, Comedy Central, E!, A&E, CNN, ESPN, CMT, GAC. He has also been featured on radio shows such as Bob & Tom, John Boy & Billy, Rick & Bubba, Bob & Sheri, Big D and Bubba, WTF with Marc Maron, Taste of Country Nights, SIRIUSXM Blue Collar Radio, iHeart Radio, SIRIUSXM Comedy Channels, SIRIUSXM NASCAR Radio, and The Grand Ole Opry. Stay social with Killer Beaz at www.killerbeaz.comtwitter.com/killerbeaz, and Facebook.com/killerbeazcomedy

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.killerbeaz.com