Of all the progressive elements being mixed into country music today, the dance-pop sound seems to be bearing the most fruit. And Thomas Rhett is at the forefront of the movement, blending the soul and funk of Bruno Mars with his own country roots.
But the Georgia native tells Rolling Stone Country that he’s unsure if he’ll continue with that approach when it comes time to record the follow-up to current album Tangled Up.
“Record Two is way different than Record One and I hope that Record Three is way different than Record Two,” Rhett says, comparing 2013’s It Goes Like This to 2015’s Tangled Up. “I just write what I’m listening to at this current period in time. I try not to put myself in a box so I’ll write with anybody who wants to. I don’t put limitations on my co-writes.”
Rhett is currently on the road with Jason Aldean and is gearing up for a busy festival season. He’ll perform at New York City’s FarmBorough and Chicago’s Windy City LakeShake, both in June. His latest single, “Die a Happy Man,” became the first five-week Number One since Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” in 2009.