I see every piece of art as a tiny autobiography--I've learned a lot about who I am through my songs.
Justin Evan Thompson is a songwriter and performer from Albuquerque, New Mexico with an affinity for traditional folk music and the acoustic guitar. His persona and lyrics are as poetic as they are rough around the edges, and both lend themselves to honest and energetic performances. With an instinctive knack for melody and prose, Justin’s songs are as singable as they are poignant. August March of New Mexico’s Weekly Alibi wrote: “Thompson…displays a poetic and knowing take on folk music that can be rousing as well as introspective and compelling.”
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Kevin Russell of Shinyribs and the Gourds--hands down. I've never seen someone be so playful with music.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
The accordion makes me feel pretty sexy
3: What was the worst advice?
Play any gig you can get.
4: What was your first concert?
I think it was Lyle Lovett and His Large Band but it might have been Aerosmith
5: What/where is the best road food?
Las Cruces, New Mexico...any burrito stand--particularly Pickquick.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
If you move toward a goal, it will move toward you.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Steve Goodman. I was learning "City of New Orleans" and ended up watching a bunch of his performances before finding out that he was dying for most of his career. When I feel uninspired or just lazy, I reflect on that.