The wait is almost over for Josh Thompson fans anxious to hear new music. The singer's Change: The Lost Record, Vol. 1, the first in a two-EP series, will be released on Oct. 9.

“It’s been soul cleansing to finally be able to share this music with my fans,” Thompson says of the music, which was originally recorded in 2011, in a press release. “I think, if there’s one thing people can cling to, it’s their beliefs and their way of life. I think people need that simplicity in country music, and that was my goal with this record.”

Thompson is releasing the new set of tunes on ole Digital / the Orchard. The project was originally recorded in 2011, when Thomson was on RCA. He then left that label to sign with Show Dog-Universal in 2014, and his next album, Turn It Up, was an entirely different project.

“The release of this has been three or four years in the making,” Thompson explains. “… I left [RCA] with the record, and I always had the intention of releasing this record as two EPs at some point in my life.”

The two projects, Thompson says, will make the gap between his 2010 freshman record, Way Out Here, and his 2014 sophomore Turn It Up album more cohesive.

"The songs are lyrically equivalent to Way Out Here but had a little more — not so much party, a little more reflective, looking back at where you’ve been, where you’re going, and just loving who you are right now,” he explains. “So it’s definitely a gap to bridge between the two records, that nobody got to hear.”

There is no word yet when the second EP will be released.

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