Singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett spent most of his teens figuring out what, other than music, he could do for a career. Kinesiology, business, anatomy, media – anything but music. None of those rather ordinary pursuits seemed to work out. But a songwriting deal? Heck, Thomas Rhett stumbled into that. And nine months later, he had a song on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, a double-platinum project that became the best-selling country album of 2011. A recording contract? Thomas Rhett auditioned for at least seven record companies, and every one of them wanted to sign him. Valory – the home of Reba McEntire, Brantley Gilbert, Jewel and Justin Moore – won out, and now it’s seemingly just a matter of time before the general public discovers the quirky word jumbles and infectious grooves that had Music Row salivating over Thomas Rhett’s future. The one that, in retrospect, seems as if it were always supposed to happen. Even Thomas Rhett doesn’t completely understand it.
“I don’t have a clue where it’s going to go or where it’ll end up, but the journey is cool enough for me,” he muses. “I’m here for the ride and to entertain people.” And entertain he does. His first single, “Something To Do With My Hands,” reveals Thomas Rhett as a solid country guy with a distinct urban streak. Other tracks from his debut show someone who’s clever enough to rhyme “Ryman” with “diamond,” who mulls chatting with Jesus over beer, who throws AC/DC hard-rock chants and Coolio hip-hop phrasing into songs that are otherwise country. It’s as if Roger Miller had been reincarnated and gone on a songwriting retreat in the ‘hood. “Country, rock and hip-hop were what I was raised on,” Thomas Rhett says. “It’s a strange combination, but it all leaks into what I write.”
Thomas Rhett was kind enough to swing by backstage for a meet and greet with some of his biggest fans at the Taste of Country Music Festival. Check out the pictures in the gallery above and right click on one to download it to your computer.
Sunday's performers at the Taste of Country Music Festival honored dads everywhere for Father's Day, put up with one photobomb, and gave their best game face. Backstage, stars like Chase Rice, Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett took selfies to share on the ToC Instagram page.
Taste of Country Festival 2014 performer Thomas Rhett had quite the introduction before his big performance of his hit 'It Goes Like This' at the 2013 American Country Awards. Parmalee, who just so happen to have a record out Tuesday (Dec. 10), sang 'Feels Like Carolina' acoustically as they introduced New Artist Nominee Rhett.
Stirring popular sayings of the day into a fluid melody is certainly one proven way to score a country hit. Thomas Rhett is hoping that formula works for 'Get Me Some of That,' the new single from his debut 'It Goes Like This' album.
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