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Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins Welcome Baby Girl, Lillie Carolina

Thomas Rhett and wife, Lauren Akins welcome their fourth baby girl, Lillie Carolina Rhett.

In a post on Instagram, Thomas Rhett shares, “Lillie Carolina Akins 😍 born November 15th. 7.5 pounds of pure joy🙌 @laur_akins you are my hero. Watching a child being born is legit a miracle. 4 under 6 here we go!”

Lillie joins big sisters, Willa Gray (5), Ada James (3), and Lennon Love (1).

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BREAKING: Morgan Wallen, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs to Headline Tortuga Music Festival 2022

After announcing his massive 2022 tour, Morgan Wallen was announced to be headlining the 2022 Tortuga Music Festival along with Thomas Rhett and Luke Combs. Get all the info below.

Happening on April 8th-10th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tortuga Music Festival will return for it’s annual celebration of music on the Florida beach.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 3rd at 10AM. For more info, visit: tortugamusicfestival.com.

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Thomas Rhett Releases Nostalgic Song “Slow Down Summer”

Thomas Rhett’s new song “Slow Down Summer” is out today, November 5th, on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the brand new track below.

Over a year ago, Thomas Rhett shared an unreleased song on his social media. The nostalgic tune had fans begging for its release almost instantly. Today, that desire is coming true! Rhett released his new song “Slow Down Summer.”

The brand new song is embodied nostalgia. According to Rhett, the song depicts a teenage romance that is about to be disrupted by college plans. “‘Slow Down Summer’ really is about two kids in love. I think it was my envisionment of two high school kids – one’s going to one college, one’s going to a different college, and they kind of know that once the leaves start changing that this relationship probably ain’t gonna make it,” shares Rhett.

We all know the feeling of wishing summer would last forever, so that we can spend more time with our loved ones.

“Falling fast in a one lane town // Tangled up with your lips on mine // Never seen a brighter green in those eyes // I put my jacket on your shoulders // Wishing the weather wasn’t getting colder”

Rhett continues to give us song after song to play in the soundtrack of our lives. We love that he continues to go back to his country roots, and this song is the perfect direction for the singer-songwriter.

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Thomas Rhett’s new song “Slow Down Summer” is out today

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“Slow Down Summer” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Here Are All of Thomas Rhett’s Number One Songs

Here are all of Thomas Rhett’s number one singles in his music catalog. Thomas Rhett has racked up 21 number one singles beginning with his first one in 2013 with “It Goes Like This” to his most recent with “Country Again” just last month. Rhett has hit songs of each of his five studio albums. Check out the full list below.

1.It Goes Like This”- It Goes Like This, 2013

“It Goes Like This” was the title track of Rhett’s first studio album in 2013 and became his first studio album and rightly became his first number one single. It introduced fans to his unique style of country stories with a pop-twist and made us fall in love with his storytelling before we even knew about the girl behind the songs. The song was co-written by Rhett’s father Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, and Jimmy Robbins.

 

2.“Get Me Some of That”- It Goes Like This, 2013

“Get Me Some of That” was another song off of Rhett’s debut album, It Goes Like This. It was written by Akins, Cole Swindell, and Michael Carter.

 

3. “Make Me Wanna”- It Goes Like This, 2014

“Make Me Wanna,” co-written by Rhett, Bart Butler, and Larry McCoy, marks the third and last number one to come from Rhett’s debut album and the first number one that Rhett co-wrote. What a start!

 

4. “Crash and Burn”- Tangled Up, 2015

“Crash and Burn” would be one of four number ones to come from Rhett’s second studio album, Tangled Up, released two years after his first album. The song was co-written by Jesse Frasure and Chris Stapleton. 

 

5. “Die A Happy Man”- Tangled Up, 2015

“Die A Happy Man” is the song that changed everything for Rhett. In 2016, he received his first ACM and CMA Award for the song – Single Record of the Year (ACM) and Song of the Year (CMA). In 2017 he would also win ACM for Song of the Year for “Die A Happy Man”. All for ‘a little song about holding her hand’ as he would peg it in his future single “Life Changes” a couple years later. The song was co-written by Rhett, Joe London, and Sean Douglas. 

 

6. “T-Shirt”- Tangled Up, 2016

“T-Shirt” would follow “Die A Happy Man” as Rhett entered a new era of success – one in which fans didn’t just love hearing his songs, but they loved hearing the songs he’d sing about his wife, Lauren Akins. “Vacation” was right up there with these two songs, but peaked at #2 on the charts, falling short of reaching number 1.  “T-Shirt” was written by Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.

 

7. “Star of the Show”- Tangled Up, 2016

“Star of the Show” solidified the theory that fans loved to hear love songs about Rhett and his wife, making it the fourth No.1 off his sophomore album, and the third of which was written about her. “Star of the Show” was co-written by Rhett, Akins, and Ben Hayslip. 

 

8. “Craving You” Feat. Maren Morris-  Life Changes, 2017

“Craving You” was the first of five number ones to come from Rhett’s third studio album. Written by Dave Barnes and Julian Bunetta‎, the duet with incredible vocalist Maren Morris was a huge hit for both artists and across multiple genres. 

 

9. “Unforgettable”- Life Changes, 2017

“Unforgettable” was the second number one off of Rhett’s 2017 album, Life Changes. It was written by Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally. 

 

10. “Marry Me”- Life Changes, 2017

“Marry Me” is a rare, morbidly romantic song for Rhett compared to his upbeat love songs about he and his wife and their story. This rather, is what Rhett could have seen happening if he hadn’t told Lauren that he loved her. “Marry Me” was written by Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally. 

 

11. “Life Changes”- Life Changes, 2018

“Life Changes” brought Rhett into yet another era. While he had gotten used to sharing the story of him and his wife aside from your average country tune, this was the most personal song Rhett had released to date. This song really let fans in and since then, his two most recent albums have been even more personal than the prior. “Life Changes” was written by Rhett, Akins, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure.

 

12. “Sixteen”- Life Changes, 2018

“Sixteen” was relatable to so many listeners as it is a song about being happy with where you are in life, and not wishing you were any older or younger than you are and realizing you are exactly where you are supposed to be. This song marked the fifth and final No. 1 for Rhett’s Life Changes album. It was written by Rhett, Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur

 

13. “Look What God Gave Her”- Center Point Road, 2019

“Look What God Gave Her” is the first number one off of Rhett’s 2019 album, Center Point Road. It was co-written by Rhett, Akins, Julian Bunetta, Josh Ryan, Jacob Kasher, and Ammar Malik. Rhett also co-produced the song with Dan Huff. 

 

14. “Remember You Young”- Center Point Road, 2019

“Remember You Young” was co-written by Rhett, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure. It’s a song that resonates with a lot of listeners, as its about remembering all your favorite people in your life in their prime, whatever that may mean to you. 

 

15. “Beer Can’t Fix” Ft. Jon Pardi- Center Point Road, 2019

“Beer Can’t Fix” was written by Rhett, Julian Bunetta, Ryan Tedder, and Zach Skelton and marks the third and final No. 1 off the Center Point Road project. 

 

16. “Be A Light” (feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban), 2020

“Be A Light” is Rhett’s only number one that is not a part of an album. The song was written by Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, and Josh Thompson and Rhett invited Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban to be on the song with him. The song was a song of the times throughout the pandemic, and was released to help raise funds for MusiCares covid-19 relief efforts. 

 

17. “What’s Your Country Song”- Country Again: Side A, 2020

“What’s Your Country Song” was co-written by Rhett, Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Parker Welling and the first song he released off his post-quarantine project, Country Again: Side A. One of those ‘songs about songs’, Rhett sings about how everyone has some type of country in them, while slipping in several classic country titles including one by his own Dad and co-writer. 

 

18. “Country Again”- Country Again: Side A, 2021

“Country Again” is the title track of Rhett’s current project, and the second off the first part of the album. There is still time for more hits from this incredible album! Including a highly anticipated Side B portion of the project. It embodies exactly what Rhett aims to do with this new collection of music and what he spent so much of the pandemic writing about, which is getting back to his roots. The song was written by Rhett, Ashley Gorley, and Zack Crowell. 

19. “Slow Down Summer”- Where We Started, 2022

Rhett secured his 19th number one single with the lead track off his latest album, “Slow Down Summer.” The nostalgic song debuted back in November 2021. According to Rhett, the song depicts a teenage romance that is about to be disrupted by college plans. “‘Slow Down Summer’ really is about two kids in love, a perfect song to root for.

20. “Half Of Me” ft. Riley Green – Where We Started, 2022

Rhett secures his 20th number one single with Riley Green on this collaborative song. Written by Rhett with Will Bundy, Josh Thompson, and Rhett Akins, while on tour, the song is all about wanting a drink more than anything else. Bringing Green as a collaborator on the song upped the ante of the already fun, and stage-ready track.

21. “Angels” – Where We Started, 2023

“Angels” is one of those songs that fans have grown to love from the entertainer. A beautiful song about love, the single is a perfect embodiment of how it feels to be loved unconditionally by a person, despite your flaws. Rhett knocks it out of the park with this song.

 

As Rhett continues to put out new music, there’s no telling how many future number ones the superstar will add to his growing list.

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All of these Thomas Rhett hits and more are 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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Thomas Rhett Scores 18th Number One Single with “Country Again”

Thomas Rhett’s song “Country Again” officially marks his eighteenth number one single on Country Radio. The track follows the success of “What’s Your Country Song.”

Platinum-selling superstar, Thomas Rhett can truly do no wrong with fans and the country music industry alike. His talent transcends genres and generations. Back in March, his lead single “What’s Your Country Song,” the lead single off his record Country Again Side A, earned him his seventeenth number one song. Today, the second single off that project, “Country Again” is the next number one song of his career.

“Country Again” peaked the interest of fans, even before its release. The song strips back the production and focuses on simplicity. As the lyrics state, Rhett favors small-town life to the glitz and glam of fame. The song marks the singer’s return to his roots. Although we love everything Rhett puts out, it is nice to see him return to the sound and style of music that made him a household name.

“I spent way less time in Nashville // And more time in L.A. // My back home buddies, they quit callin’ // Thought I had too much on my plate // But last night we cracked some cold beers // And cranked Eric Church to ten // Thought, Man, it feels good to be country again”

Only time will tell what is next for Rhett’s career. It seems everything he touches is a success, and for good reason. Fans can look forward to the next installment of the singer’s double album, slated to come out later this year. Congrats to Rhett and his team for another hit!

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“Country Again” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes 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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Thomas Rhett Debuts Brand New Song “Redneck Be Like”

Thomas Rhett’s brand new song “Redneck Be Like” is available everywhere now, August 6th. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new track.

As we anticipate the release of the Country Again: Side B album, fans can rejoice in more new music from superstar, Thomas Rhett! An absolute staple in country music, Rhett continues to give fans exactly what they want: more new music. Since returning to his signature sound, fans have fallen in love with his magic all over again. The singer dropped a brand new song “Redneck Be Like,” perfectly in time for his 2021 tour!

The new song is a country-pop vibe that we truly cannot get enough of. “Redneck Be Like” is the perfect song for summertime. It is sure to be a hit at Rhett’s live shows this summer and fall. ‘The Center Point Road Tour’ kicks off on August 13th. The show makes its way to the New York area at Jones Beach on August 26th. This leaves plenty of time for NYC fans to learn every word to this new jam.

Rhett even posted a brand new dance for the track for fans to have some fun with. Check out the moves in the video below.

“We are who we are and we’re proud of it // Livin’ that small-town life // Redneck, redneck be like // All day in the sun // Always havin’ fun // Always gettin’ sunk in that muddy river // Always got a buzz // Always double cup // Catchin’ catfish up on some chicken liver”

According to Rhett, “This song is all about summertime and getting a chance to unwind and let loose.” He later added, “We wrote it about the towns where I grew up in Georgia and Tennessee, and honestly every town we live in for the night when we go on tour. We can’t wait to see y’all on the road and turn this one up.”

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Thomas Rhett’s new song, “Redneck Be Like,” is available now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Thomas Rhett releases.

To keep up with Thomas Rhett, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Redneck Be Like” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes 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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Country Music Tours Headed to New York This Summer 2021

Concert season is in full swing! For our New Yorkers, we’ve got you covered with the country music tours, the dates, and where to get your tickets ASAP! If you’re curious about all the county music tours that have been announced so far for 2021-2022 click here.

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Jason Aldean- Back In The Saddle Tour

Openers: HARDY & Lainey Wilson

August 7th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Luke Bryan- Proud To Be Right Here Tour

Openers: Dylan Scott, Runaway June & Caylee Hammack*

August 13th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Brothers Osborne- The We’re Not For Everyone Tour

Openers: Tenille Townes & Travis Denning

August 21st- Farmingville, NY // Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater

Find tickets here

 

Thomas Rhett- The Center Point Road Tour

Openers: Cole Swindell & Gabby Barrett

August 26th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Zac Brown Band- The Comeback Tour 2021

Special Guests: Teddy Swims, Adam Doleac, Gabby Barrett, Devin Dawson & Ashland Craft

September 2nd- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

September 3rd- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Brooks & Dunn- The Reboot 2021 Tour

Openers: Travis Tritt & Elvie Shane

September 10th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Dierks Bentley- Beers On Me Tour

Openers: Riley Green & Parker McCollum

September 24th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Keep an eye out on our list as we will be sure to add more country music tour dates and concerts as they are announced!

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Thomas Rhett Teams Up with His Dad, Rhett Akins, on “Things Dads Do”

Thomas Rhett and his Dad, Rhett Akins teamed up on a brand new song just in time for Father’s Day.  “Things Dads Do” is available now, June 16th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new song.

When Thomas Rhett played at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this week, he was able to not only share the stage with his Dad, Rhett Akins, but he was also able to make a special announcement, with his dad by his side. Rhett announced he’d be releasing a new song (available now) called “Things Dads Do”, a song the father and son co-wrote together. He then played an acoustic version of the song, which you can watch here.  

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Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins performing “Things Dads Do” live from The Grand Ole Opry // Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

“Things Dads Do” comes just in time for Father’s Day. As one of our favorite country music Dads, we love how real and personal Rhett has been with writing about his family over the last few years, and this is just another example, with a special ode to his own dad.

“Things Dads Do” looks back on all the things that your dad used to do when you were a kid and covers everything he’s done for you over the years as you grew up, right up to the moment when you become a parent yourself and finally understand why they did everything they did.  Rhett is already a dad of three girls, with one more on the way. Reflecting on his own life and parenthood in the song, which includes looking back on his own childhood and what his parents did for him, comes naturally in his songwriting.  

“The next thing you know one’s five and one’s three // and one’s almost one and she’s cutting her teeth // and you’re in his shoes // and you’re starting to // do more than a few things dads do”

Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins' new song, "Things Dads Do" is available now, June 16th, on all streaming platforms

Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins’ new song, “Things Dads Do” is available now, June 16th, on all streaming platforms

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Thomas Rhett announcements and releases.

To keep up with Thomas Rhett, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Things Dads Do” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Thomas Rhett Surprises Fans During Live Show with Baby News

Thomas Rhett revealed that he and his wife, Lauren Akins, are expecting their fourth child during his live show over the weekend.

Just as Rhett was about to perform one of his new songs, “To The Guys That Date My Girls” off his latest album, Country Again: Side A, Rhett surprised the Forth Worth, TX crowd revealing that he and Lauren were expecting.

Later confirming the news via Instagram, Rhett wrote “Well… we are pregnant again! Tonight when I was on stage in Fort Worth about to play “to the guys that date my girls” my wife talked to me in my (ear monitors) and said “you can tell them if you want” so anyways, now you know. We are pumped to be having our 4th girl🙌🙌🙌 feel free to buy all the merch you want, knowing that all the proceeds are going straight to all these weddings I’ll be paying for one day! Love you so much @laur_akins we always wanted a big thanksgiving table😭”

Congratulations TR, Lauren, & the whole Akins Family!

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Thomas Rhett, ‘Country Again: Side A’ – Album Review

Thomas Rhett released Side A of his double album project, Country Again, today April 30th. With 11 new tracks, take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

Thomas Rhett has not just kept busy in the last year, but he has received continued success and has even more on the horizon. Most recently, he received his 17th #1 song with “What’s Your Country Song?”, announced his upcoming Center Point Road Tour, and received the ACM Award for Male Artist of the Year. Now he has released the first part of a two-part album release, Country Again: Side A, an 11-track album with some of the most personal and down-to-earth music that Rhett has released to date. We can’t help but say that for each new album he releases, as we felt that same way when we first heard Center Point Road and Life Changes, but it’s the truth, the singer-songwriter continuously releases music that is true to himself and relatable to others. Side A is entirely co-written by Thomas Rhett and six of the songs are also co-written with his dad, Rhett Akins. 

In the Country Again: Side A trailer, Rhett gives some insight on what this collection of new songs means to him, and what they reflect about his life. He shares: “I think in a nutshell, Country Again: Side A is a little bit of just a growing up path. Every single song on this record is what I wish I could have spit out of my brain when I was nineteen years old. You know, these are the things I was trying to say.” He goes on to say, “these past twelve years, I’ve been on this incredible journey but I think deep down I’m still that kid that just wanted to write songs and play them for people. You know, I think I’m just getting back to the root of why I ever wanted to sing music in the first place and it was to tell a story and invoke emotion. I just feel like for the first time at thirty years old, I’m right where I’m supposed to be, and I’m happy to be there.”

The decision to release Country Again as a two-part double album was largely a result of the abundance of songs that Rhett found himself writing over the last two years, the most he ever has. While this project was already in the works, the pandemic alone resulted in so much more new music from the artist. Rhett was perhaps one of the most transparent and present artists on social media throughout the pandemic. He was constantly teasing acoustic versions of new songs he had written on Instagram. Admitting that anything more than a 10-track album overwhelms him and would normally cause him to check out, Rhett said he had never even considered a double album before. However, the response he received from fans for the songs he was playing on Instagram was so strong, that he felt they all deserved to see the light of day. Since he wrote so many songs that he loved, Rhett decided that he wanted them all to be put into the world, but in two parts so that fans would have the chance to digest both parts, giving a greater chance for people to connect with each individual song. Now, all the songs about this time of his life and during this writing journey could exist together on the same project, but in a way that they would be fully appreciated and reflective of a time where we were all forced to look inward and ponder our past and future.

At the start of 2020, Rhett was already exploring the idea of stripping down his music, drifting away from the “Make Me Wanna” and “Crash and Burn” type of songs and the kind of sound that defined him, especially at the start of his career, and gravitating towards writing more about his life, family, and “what country music is in the first place – the emotion and the soul and being able to tell a story in three and a half minutes.” Speaking on the kinds of songs that got him here in the first place, Rhett says that those define a particular aspect of his personality. He’s grateful for those songs because when he wanted to carve his own path, he believes they separated him from the pack. Rhett doesn’t drift entirely away from the sound of his that we know and love on this project. “Put It On Ice” and “Blame it on a Backroad” are the pair of upbeat carefree songs on Country Again: Side A and they remind us of his classic sound. But right now, he’s in a different phase of his life and there’s a lot more that he wants to say. Most of that stems from his life with his wife, Lauren Akins, and their three daughters, Willa Gray, Ada James, and Lennon Love.

Rhett says, “When you have kids, it’s kind of impossible not to write about them. Your marriage shifts and your life shifts, and your free time is not free time anymore. So when I do have the chance to write, I want to write about something that’s really happening and says something.”

While he was already headed in the direction of making the kind of music found on Country Again, the pandemic in general and more time at home really brought the project out of him. As we can all understand, he was suddenly forced to face the issues and the questions that were pressing on his mind. When he had to slow down, he took a look at himself and asked for the first time, “Who am I? Who is Thomas Rhett without a microphone or a guitar or a stage?” In figuring that out and feeling as though he was neglecting being a husband, a dad, and a friend, in ways, 2020 acted as a reality check and a complete reset. When he settled into himself and his family, and started working again, that shift completely influenced his songwriting. 

Country Again: Side A includes a handful of pre-released singles like “Country Again”, which sets the mood as the title track, highlighting Rhett’s return to his roots and acting as the inspiration for this project. Rhett says that the story behind the title track started out as a joke. He walked into a meet-and-greet wearing cowboy boots for the first time since about 2012, which made everybody on his team look at him like ‘where are your sneakers?’. But he said it felt good to slip them back on – it felt right. And out of that story, they wrote “Country Again”. When they finished that song, Rhett felt they found what the theme of the record was going to be – “It’s not about wearing boots or getting in the woods, it’s a way of life”. The song felt so pure to Rhett that he wanted to lean on more traditional sounds and the instruments that made him fall in love with 90’s country, like fiddle and pedal steel. In just the first weekend of wanting to experiment with getting back to his roots, another five or six songs came out. 

“I traded in my Silverado // I didn’t need no 4×4 // Tucked my boots in the back of the closet // They didn’t feel like me no more // But I dug ’em out and slipped ’em on // They’ve been on my feet since then // Man it feels good to be country again”

“Growing Up” and “What’s Your Country Song”, both of which were pre-released songs, as well as “Where We Grew Up” and “More Time Fishin” each reflect the very theme that Rhett wanted “Country Again” to stand for, in their own way. 

“Growing Up” is a song about taking a look at how you’ve grown as time has passed. Rhett shares that “it’s about my past self and the things that I used to think were cool… and becoming a wiser version of yourself that you never pictured yourself becoming. But then you get there and you’re like, I have learned something worth sharing.”

“What’s Your Country Song” is one of those ‘songs about songs’ and includes so many classic country songs that Rhett not only grew up on, but ones that have defined the genre over the years, and probably include some of your favorites too. As one of the father-son co-writes on the album, it only makes sense that Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck” would be in the mix.

Next on the album, “Where We Grew Up” is about being proud of where you came from and for the endless memories and lessons you have from that time of your life. While “More Time Fishin” is about not wanting to wake up one day to look back on your life and regret not doing certain things that you should have. 

“You can spend your whole life // Tryin’ to make a killin’ // But what’s it all worth without a little livin’ // Don’t wanna look back at all the things I’m missin’ // And wake up wishin’ I spent more time fishin’, yeah // More time fishin’, yeah”

Tying in the very values that TR wanted this album to represent, he also included a few songs that are extremely personal and about some of the most important people in his life. One for an old friend, one for his daughters, and one about him and his wife, Lauren’s story. 

“Heaven Right Now” is a tear-jerker and a song that is so personal to not just Rhett but to Lauren as well. It’s a letter to their friend Hunter, one of their best friends and a member of their ‘crew’ back home who lost his life way too young. On writing this song, Rhett shares: “That one still wrecks me…I don’t know why I had never thought to write about him, but maybe it’s because only now do I have the space to do so, the time to reflect and put words to the pain inside of me.” If you have read Lauren’s book, ‘Live in Love’, she talks about her and Thomas Rhett’s friendship with Hunter throughout its entirety and how losing him has affected them and the rest of their friends since. In her book, like in the song, they each talk about the bracelet that Hunter’s mom made for all their friends with his initials and a fishhook on it. They both talk about still wearing that bracelet and how Rhett has never taken it off. You can see it in any picture, and at every concert and award show. 

“Are you fishing, are you flying // How much greener is the grass // Are you older, are you younger // Or did time stop in its tracks // Anyway, thought I’d say hey // I just made my way past your momma’s house // I wonder what you’re doing in heaven right now”

Knowing their story makes it even harder to listen to, but at the same time, where Thomas Rhett is singing from is a place that anyone who has ever lost someone close to them can relate to. It’s not just about missing them, but about wishing you could catch up, wishing you could have experienced more of each other’s lives together, and the questions you would ask them if you could. If you want to know more about Thomas Rhett and Lauren’s story, we highly suggest reading her book. It goes back to them being friends as kids and all of that adds a deeper meaning to almost all of Rhett’s music from his love letters to Lauren, and now to his songs about their family together, and all the life that’s happened between them meeting in the second grade until now.

Like Rhett said, “when you have kids, it’s kind of impossible not to write about them” and speaking on “To The Guys That Date My Girls”, he said “that’s a song to my daughters saying ‘I hope you grow up and date somebody that’s a good kid” He goes on, “I wrote it on the road, and I played it in concert the same night that we wrote it. And I was watching grown, burly men, bawling their eyes out while they were holding their daughters, going ‘Please don’t get older!’ There’s a lot of dads out there that are wondering what that conversation is going to look like.”

Quite literally a letter to the guys that will date his girls, while also sneaking in some love for Lauren, this song was written by not only their Dad but also their grandfather. Giving mostly ‘free advice’, they don’t pass on the opportunity for a little threat either… 

“You know you can’t fool me // I know what’s on your mind // Wasn’t long ago I was your age and the same thing was on mine // And when you pull her close you save some room for Jesus // ‘Cause if you ever cross that line I swear boy you’re going to need him”

With his incredible songwriting talents and the ability to not only pull on heartstrings but also throw some lines for his loved ones, Rhett does the same with “Want It Again”. True to him and Lauren’s story, this song is about young love that didn’t last, but always stayed in the back of your mind with the hope that somewhere down the line that person would come back to you, and sometimes they really do. 

Rhett closes Country Again: Side A with a song that perfectly expresses everything that he wanted for the whole project. When Rhett talks about feeling like he is exactly where he is supposed to be in life, this song says it all. “Ya Heard”, which he played for fans on social media in April of 2020, is a song about everything working out exactly the way it was supposed to. Learning from his own experience, Rhett offers advice about holding on to faith and staying optimistic that life is going to turn out alright. He says, “sometimes I look back and wonder if God was ever listening. Even if I wasn’t on my knees praying about it, I think he was hearing every little thing that I wanted in my life. From my wife to my kids to my music, everything turned out to be exactly what I dreamed of.”

“This old guitar dad played in bars // As soon as it was mine // I started seeing shooting stars // I played at parties out in fields // And I hoped one day by the grace of you // It just might pay the bills”

We couldn’t be happier about this collection of songs, what they mean to Thomas Rhett, and how he has evolved over the years, both personally and in his career, and we can’t wait for what Side B has in store. Until then, we’ll have Side A on repeat.

COUNTRY AGAIN: SIDE A TRACKLIST:
1. “Want It Again” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, Josh Thompson
2. “Growing Up” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, Josh Thompson
3. “What’s Your Country Song” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Parker Welling
4. “Where We Grew Up”* | Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird, Josh Miller
5. “Heaven Right Now” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson, Laura Veltz
6. “To The Guys That Date My Girls” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
7. “More Time Fishin’” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
8. “Country Again” | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
9. “Put It On Ice (featuring Hardy)”+ | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson
10. “Blame It On A Backroad” | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley 
11. “Ya Heard” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Chase McGill

Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure
+Produced by Dann Huff and Matt Dragstrem
*Produced by Dann Huff

Although no official tracklist or release date for Side B has been revealed yet, we can assume that fans will see even more songs that the artist has previously shared on social media throughout the past few months. Unreleased songs like “Your Momma’s Front Porch”, “Things Dads Do”, “Bass Pro Hat” and “That’ll Be Us Someday”, kept fans on their toes as Rhett consistently took to Instagram to tease new music. Now, only time will tell which songs will make the official cut on the second album.

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