Tara Thompson: CMT Next Women of Country Live Exclusive

Tennessee Native Sings It Like It Is With Cheeky “WTF”

She is what she is, and what you see is really what you get — and the words to Tara Thompson’s song “WTF” could not ring truer.

Breezing into country music like a breath of fresh Smoky Mountain air, the East Tennessee native came on the scene with a mission to spearhead the revival of hillbilly gals in country music.

This song, an acronym reinvented to represent the “White Trash Female,” is a fine start.

The refreshingly real and cheeky tune, penned by Thompson with Alex Kline, Erin Enderlin and Kimberly Kelly, is an ode to the magnificence of being a “white trash” woman, which honestly may be the greatest title one could ever be given, when you think about it. Driving around smoking, blasting Tammy Wynette with precision-perfect press-on nails and a spray tan — sign us up, right?

And let those boys whistle as she drives on by. Her devil-may-care attitude truly could not care less.

Thompson continues to give country music a big old reality check, writing and singing about the real and relatable in her own unique voice and traditionally-rooted twang. Sometimes it’s sassy, sometimes it’s somber, sweet and earnest. But that’s life, a revolving door of emotions, feelings and moments, and Thompson stays true to them all.

This ball-cap sporting, White Castle burger-loving Thompson is in a lane of her own with a legion of fans eager to hear her keep on telling it like it is. We’re right there with them.

Preach on, sister. Preach on.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.