For Thomas Rhett, “Center Point Road” (released today, May 24) is a celebration of small town life. As the title track of his forthcoming album, due out May 31, the song features Kelsea Ballerini and is a nostalgic look at growing up in a Southern small town.
Written by Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge, and Cleve Wilson, “Center Point Road” features Rhett and Ballerini trading verses over a lush, anthemic track. Musically, it leans towards the anthemic pop-rock of the likes of the Chainsmokers or Imagine Dragons, while lyrically it’s a tried and true country tune in the vein of Kenny Chesney’s “Boys of Fall.”
The lyrics celebrate first loves, Friday night football games, and everything that makes growing up great. On the chorus, Rhett and Ballerini sing, “We wrote our own destiny/ In parking lots and empty streets/ We got high on you and me/ Jumped over cracks beneath our feet/ We thought it would never end/ Then watched it go like summer wind / When growing up was just a dream / And Friday night was everything.”
Rhett grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, while Ballerini was raised in nearby Knoxville, and that rings true on the lyrics here. “For me, Center Point Road really symbolizes what it was like to grow up in Hendersonville,” said Rhett in a statement. “First dates, first football games, first heartbreak, first kisses, success, and failures. I really feel like that road shaped who I am today, and it felt fitting because the record, for the most part, is pretty nostalgic. Songs like ‘Almost,’ ‘That Old Truck’ and especially ‘Center Point Road,’ really describe who I was as a kid and teenager, and who I’ve become as an adult.”
Center Point Road, the album, is due out next week, and in addition to this collaboration with Ballerini, it also features songs with Jon Pardi (“Beer Can’t Fix”) and Little Big Town (“Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time”).
Thomas Rhett will host a special Center Point Road Experience album release event on Saturday, June 8 during CMA Fest. He’ll also hit Madison Square Garden as a part of the Very Hot Summer Tour 2019 on Friday, September 20, with Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and Rhett Akins.
“Center Point Road” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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