Aug 26, 2012 1:21 PM by David Ortiviz
Romance lingered at the Colorado State Fair Saturday night as Nashville's country duo Thompson Square lit up the stage in a high-energy performance. A crowd of about 5,860 people packed the fair's rodeo arena as Keifer and Shawna Thompson playfully entertained the crowd and performed their hit song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not."
"In case you haven't figured it out, Keifer and I are married," said Shawna, commenting on their tender embraces and glances during songs. "Some of you may not know this, we're also brother and sister," joked Keifer. "Please don't tweet that!" interjected Shawna. "I'm just kidding y'all," said Keifer.
The husband-and-wife duo has been married for 13 years--they meet at a singing competition after both moving to Nashville. "She beat me in pool," Keifer said. "And that's where it started."
News 5's David Ortiviz spoke with the couple right before their concert in Pueblo. Country music's new super-couple explained they write a lot of songs about relationships because people can relate. "Nashville says write what you know," said Keifer. "I think inspiration finds you. Sometimes we go weeks without writing. You gotta keep your eyes open and watch life happen," he added.
Thompson Square released their debut single "Let's Fight" in 2010. Song like "Glass" and "I Got You" are widely popular among fans, but it's their hit single "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," that went straight to the top. "Kiss Me Or Not" was named the iTunes Country Song of the Year (2011) and has been certified platinum.
"We had one couple approach us and say it saved our marriage," said Shawna. "That meant a lot."
Between songs Thomspon Square gave fans a glimpse of their life as a happily married, but not-so-perfect couple. "I may leave the cabinet doors open, but at least I know where the kitchen is," said Keifer, poking fun at his wife's cooking skills. "Girls, it's true I may have a hard time finding the kitchen," said Shawna. "But I know exactly where the dog house is."
Life on the road is hectic and tiring according to Keifer, but the couple says it's what they love to do. Shawna says she knew music was her path from a very young age. "Alabama was my first concert when I was 5 years old," she said. "That's when I knew I wanted to be a singer."
The couple closed out their performance by singing songs from other famous country music couples: Johnny Cash and June Carter; and George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
They left the stage, leaving fans wondering if they'd perform their signature song. The crowd chanted and the couple returned for two more sets: Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" and then the big finale "Kiss Me Or Not." They sealed the concert with a kiss and waved goodbye to fans.
"It's a dream come true, to do what we're doing," said Keifer. "Especially with your spouse."