SALAMANCA – Fresh off their tour with Luke Bryan, married couple Keifer and Shawna Thompson, known to the world as Thompson Square, played to a packed house at the Seneca Allegany Casino Saturday night, and to say a good time was had by all would be an understatement.
From the time Shawna hit the stage, on a scissor lift form a huge set piece with her husband, her trademark smile was visible. Even when singing the song, “Glass” – as video of the couple’s trip to Honduras to visit their sponsored child, the village and the people of the region played on the video screen behind the band – a smile could be seen.
To say that this couple has fun together on stage is an understatement.
Before the heart tug of “Glass,” the couple made their entrance to “Here’s to Bein’ Here,” followed with “I Got You.” The entrance trio finished with “Just Feels Good.” As the three songs blended into one another, the guitars playing, bass thumping and drums keeping time, Keifer and Shawna made sure to get the full house involved, mixing singalong choruses with waving of hands to the music.
About that time, the impressive stage set turned to a flashing of red and blue as the discussion turned to the topic of “Getaway Car.” The lights and sound showed off the stage set, one that has taken the cake for the most intricate and impressive stage design to be used at the venue, to date.
Not only can the band perform songs written by Kiefer – becoming a very accomplished songwriter, recently winning another award for his work – but the covers of Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” dedicated to those in military service, as well as those who have served in the past, Shelby Lynn’s “Need a Heart to Come Home To,” and a nice little tune by a guy from New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, were well-performed. Lynn’s song, performed by Keifer on guitar and Shawna singing, and “Brilliant Disguise,” were done in a most brilliant format.
Nothing beats a couple that has been married for 14 years, sitting on a couple of bar stools, reminiscing on the days they played for tips in a pickle jar, telling stories of their lives, as they perform as they would have in the Honky Tonks of Broadway Street in Nashville. Quiet fell over the arena as the couple sang in duet, Kiefer playing his acoustic guitar.
As one who has been to the vast majority of the shows that have been held in the Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center, Thompson Square ranks in the top 5.
This band, regardless of who it is that is backing them, can sing, Kiefer can play his guitar like it’s nobody’s business, and, let’s face it, his songwriting is great, borderline incredible.