There is a gray area these days between what is Country music and sadly, according to JT Thompson from JT & the Gunslingers, with southern Rock seemingly not even recognized as a genre anymore.

JT & the Gunslingers, based out of Rochester MN, explain they have a completely unique style all their own - they call it Hillbilly Rock.  It’s been described as a mix of country, rock, and southern rock – some fans simply refer to their unique sound as “Gunslinger ” music.   Since their first show in May of 2014, JT & the Gunslingers have been honing a unique sound that they attribute to their roots - being raised in SE Minnesota.  

After proudly serving his country as an Airborne Army Ranger, he started the band in 2014 and that first year opened for Nashville acts Jake McVey, Craig Morgan, and Montgomery Gentry. The Gunslingers also played in Georgia for all the current active US Army Rangers at Ranger Rendezvous. They have been a support act for the likes of Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw, Charlie Daniels, Rodney Atkins, Little Texas, Sawyer Brown and Travis Tritt. Thompson’s band has played the Mid-west’s widely popular country music festival Country Fest in Cadott WI, along with other festivals such as South Goes North, Harvest Jam, Volksfest, and the Veterans Day Freedom Tour in Louisiana.  The Gunslingers have gone on to perform & captivate audiences not only at major festivals, but local and cause-driven events such as #AutismSpeaks, #SaratogaWarhorse, #FirstHOOAHMN organizations while exciting honkytonks across the Midwest/South/East Coast. 

The Gunslingers released their first single to Country Radio across the Midwest within 14 months of their first show. Their radio single “Our Town” features Tim Lauer (Keith Urban, Frankie Ballard) on piano and B3 -  after hitting the Top 100 on independent charts it garnered the attention from people in Music City.  Their Pass a Beer EP, with the new Midwestern Girls single, propelled them into the Top 40.

Their next radio single MIDWESTERN GIRLS took them to the Top 30 on Independent Country US Charts.  The band also was named a Top 100 Country Band nationally by ReverbNation. 

Their current single SHE'S EVERYTHING is playing on radio stations across Minnesota.

A follow up LP is planned this winter and includes collaboration efforts with Del Gray of Little Texas in Nashville.

Their tour schedule this summer and fall include over 50 shows in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota.   


If you took southern rock mixed with a modern day edginess and add a dash of good ol' Midwest and a bunch of originality, then you've got JT & the Gunslingers, one of the regions  fastest growing bands. ~ Megan Kennedy, Post Bulletin



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