Who’s New: Thomas Rhett

Who’s New: Thomas Rhett

Originally published in the May 14, 2012 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

Current Single:
“Something to Do With My Hands”

Hometown:
Valdosta, Ga.

Label:
The Valory Music Company/
Big Machine Label Group

Influences:
Alan Jackson, Third Eye Blind,
Mötley Crüe, Sugar Ray

Change of Fate
Thomas began his musical life as a drummer, then took up guitar in his early teens. The son of hit songwriter and artist Rhett Akins (Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee”), Thomas initially prepared for a career as a physical therapist. “I took a kinesiology class and hated it,” says Thomas, “so I switched to business and then to communications, figuring I would work in music publishing or at a label.” Ironically, he inquired about a college internship with EMI Publishing, but was soon hired by the company instead as a staff songwriter. Thomas later landed a song on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party album.

Opry Calling
Thomas’ current single, the suggestive “Something to Do With My Hands,” will likely be on the set list when Thomas makes his debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on May 19. “I didn’t think that would come so soon,” Thomas says of the opportunity. “I’m definitely nervous about that.”

Old-School Idol
Thomas will hit the road this summer, opening shows for Miranda Lambert and for Eric Church, whom Thomas admires for both his songwriting and for his persona. “I like the mystique,” says Thomas. “He’s got this cool old-school rock, mysterious vibe and I try to take after his songwriting tactics.” Eric’s producer, Jay Joyce, is also helping to craft the country-rock sound of Thomas’ debut album.

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photo by Justin Nolan Key/BMLG

Daily Dose

Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett Will Never Take Touring for Granted

Thomas Rhett is ready to hit the road and Bring The Bar To You in 2022!

Starting in June, Thomas will kick-off his Bring The Bar To You tour with back to back shows in Gilford, New Hampshire with openers Parker McCollum and Conner Smith.

After going through the last two years, Thomas says, “I’ll never take for granted being able to come see y’all and I’m so fired up to play some of these new ones that were made with these nights in mind. I have a feeling things are going to get loud – I’m counting down the days already!”

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Rhett