Thomas Rhett commanded the stage last night during his sold-out show at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. The concert benefited two local charities with over $50,000 going to The Caleb Wilson Foundation and hundreds of gifts for the Middle Tennessee chapter of Toys For Tots. Thomas Rhett performed his multi-week #1 smash “It Goes Like This,” his new single “Get Me Some Of That,” and several other songs from his debut album. Additionally, he sang an acoustic version of “Round Here,” which he wrote and Florida Georgia Line took to #1 on the Country charts. The Cadillac Three kicked off the night with a high-energy set that showcased their “country fuzz” sound.
Having disposed of a disruptive Thanksgiving, Music Row returned to the business of giving itself awards Monday (Dec. 2) by staging two No. 1 parties back-to-back at Marathon Music Works, a converted factory near downtown Nashville.
Honorees at the first party were songwriters Thomas Rhett , Rodney Clawson and Chris Tomkins, whose "Round Here" was a two-week No. 1 single for the duo Florida Georgia Line
FGL members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard also attended.
Songwriters Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins were spotlighted at the second party. Their composition, "It Goes Like This," was a three-week No. 1 for Rhett.
Rhett, who had the pleasure of celebrating both his first No. 1 as a writer and as an artist on the same day, is the son of Akins, himself a breakthrough country act on Decca Records in the mid-1990s. Rhett Akins' top hits were "Don't Get Me Started" (1996) and "That Ain't My Truck" (1995).
The performance rights organizations ASCAP and BMI, along with the Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville Records, sponsored the party. Rhett records for Valory, Florida Georgia Line for Republic.
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Party-goers arriving at Marathon Music Works entered an open, warehouse-size performance space with a wide, elevated stage at one end and a bar at the other. Gigantic, slow-moving fans set between the steel roof girders stirred the air overhead. Areas at the sides of the main area, separated by black curtains, served as kitchen and interview rooms.
A few minutes after the event got underway, Scott Borchetta, head of the record labels, came to the stage and good-naturedly exhorted the crowd: "Come this way or they'll shut the bar off ... 'cause that's how we do it 'round here."
After Borchetta's repeated urging, most of the celebrants clustered near the stage, leaving the food table and bar temporarily abandoned.
Black uniformed waitresses threaded through the crowd bearing hors d'oeuvres trays to ensure that no one fainted from hunger as the lengthy proceedings proceeded.
Borchetta brought the three "Round Here" songwriters and Florida Georgia Line to the stage, as well as Joey Moi, the song's producer. Then he turned the microphone over to BMI's Jody Williams.
Likening Florida Georgia Line's rise to a rocket ship taking off, Williams asserted the duo was "the definitive game-changer of this era of country music." He further noted that FGL's "Cruise" had just won the single of the year prize at the American Music Awards and the duo had been featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Williams cited Clawson for having won BMI's country songwriter of the year award last month and pointed out that Clawson had co-written six of the 50 songs then honored. Several other Clawson songs, Williams added, are currently climbing the charts.
Speaking for ASCAP, Ryan Beuschel congratulated Tompkins for having scored his ninth No. 1 with "Round Here." He reminded the crowd that Tompkins has already won two Grammys for his songs and that his "Drunk on You" was recently named an ASCAP country song of the year.
Publisher and songwriter Craig Wiseman praised the cross-pollination of musical talent on the current country scene and lauded the singers, songwriters and producers for refusing to "stay in the same lane."
"It's just nuts," he continued. "It's just a big musical swirl. ... ['Round Here'] was a seriously cool record."
Rhett, a BMI writer, then stepped forward.
"I've been to several of these [No. 1 parties] and always wondered what it would be like to be the one talking," he said. "This is it."
Sweeping his hand toward those standing behind him onstage, he said, "You're all good people."
FGL's Kelley came up next.
"It's been a wild ride this year," he said, "and it wouldn't be the same without all of you."
Hubbard, his singing partner, agreed.
"[This is] why you move to Nashville," he observed. "It's all about the song. These guys are writing and creating songs that are taking over radio."
Following a brief pause during which the principals posed for photos, Borchetta returned to the microphone to tell a story.
He said that three years ago he decided the Big Machine Label Group he captains had signed enough artists for the time being. However, his A&R chief, who scouts out potential artists and songs to record, insisted that he take just one more meeting.
That meeting was with Thomas Rhett. Borchetta said that every song Rhett sang for him, starting with "Beer With Jesus,"was "really good."
The longer he listened, Borchetta said, the more he thought, "This must have been what it was like to have signed Roger Miller."
Turning to Rhett, Borchetta added, "I'm so glad you signed with us. ... That first No. 1 [for an artist] is the drug we're all addicted to."
Rhett told the crowd that his dad had emailed him the demo of "It Goes Like This" and that everyone he played it for liked the song. Still sounding a bit overwhelmed by the rush of good fortune, Rhett said, "I never imagined that my first No. 1 party would be a double No. 1 party."
Borchetta also singled out the single's producer, Michael Knox, for his work in creating a record that has now sold more than 1 million digital copies.
As the speeches continued and more awards handed out, Rhett and his father stood side by side, drinking it all in.
Williams recalled going to Chicago to see Rhett perform in a bar there for only 10 or so patrons. What impressed him, he said, was that Rhett took the time to "engage personally" with everyone in the room.
Such attention to bonding with fans, Williams suggested, may have accounted for the fact that both Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean relied on Rhett this year as an opening act.
Of Akins, Williams recalled, "I think I signed Rhett to BMI about the time Thomas was born."
"It Goes Like This" is Akins' 14th No. 1, Williams said.
Beuschel explained that Robbins signed his first publishing contract only 18 months ago and has since had two No. 1 songs, the first one being Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did." He has had 50 songs cut, Beuschel added.
Hayslip, on the other hand, is something of a late bloomer, Beuschel pointed out, having scored his first No. 1 only three years ago after more than a decade of effort. He has twice won ASCAP's songwriter of the year award.
Hayslip and Akins are longtime friends and co-writers. Akins expressed pride in his son's successes and noted that "It Goes Like This" went No. 1 on his birthday.
Rhett singled out his wife for particular praise. He thanked her for accompanying him on the road and for "putting up with some of these idiotic girls hanging on the front row" of his concerts.
Borchetta concluded the party by announcing that Rhett will be one of the artists to perform on Country Radio Seminar's New Faces Show early next year.
Title Track Has Sold Nearly 500,000 Downloads Hot Newcomer, “Owns The Country Chart.” - USA Today Will Headline Shows During Album Release Week In Jacksonville, Atlanta, Chicago And Minneapolis
Nashville, TN (August 22, 2013) -- Thomas Rhett announced today that his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS is set for release October 29 on The Valory Music Co. The singer/songwriter, who USA Today recently claimed “owns the Country chart,” has been burning up the airwaves this summer with the album’s Top 15-and-rising title track. Nearing sales of 500,000, “It Goes Like This” continues to be the best-selling Country single on the iTunes Country Singles Chart, just behind Luke Bryan. Thomas Rhett will also be headlining a string of album release club shows on street week, hitting top markets Jacksonville (10/31), Atlanta (11/1), Chicago (11/2) And Minneapolis (11/3).
"I'm so pumped to finally be releasing my first album! My music has evolved so much since I started making this record two and a half years ago and it's representative of all my experiences along the way…the tours I've been on and the fans and friends I've made at our shows across the country,” said Thomas Rhett. “I'm very lucky that I've had the chance to experience so much and thankful for every moment. I just tried to pour it all into the songs we recorded.”
The hot newcomer’s 12-track debut was produced by Jay Joyce, Michael Knox and Luke Laird. The project will feature two Top 15 songs – “Something To Do With My Hands” and “Beer With Jesus,”— that helped Thomas Rhett land a record deal and kickoff his career. During a recent stop at the Iowa State Fair, he previewed“Front Porch Junkies,” which is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
To reveal the album cover, the Georgia native engaged his fans with a unique social media campaign. Utilizing #ThomasRhett across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, fans “unlocked” video content from his childhood and ultimately -- the album cover. Watch the 16-video collection via reveal.thomasrhett.com to get a glimpse into Thomas Rhett’s musical upbringing, including rare images with his dad (and hit songwriter) Rhett Akins.
IT GOES LIKE THIS Whatcha Got In That Cup (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Craig Wiseman) Something To Do With My Hands (Thomas Rhett, Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton) Get Me Some Of That (Michael Carter, Rhett Akins, Cole Swindell) Call Me Up (Luke Laird, Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally) It Goes Like This (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Robbins) Make Me Wanna (Thomas Rhett, Bart Butler, Larry McCoy) Front Porch Junkies (Remix) (Thomas Rhett, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear) *Remixed by David Huff In A Minute (Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley) Take You Home (Ashley Gorley, Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson) Sorry For Partyin' (Thomas Rhett, Barry Dean, Jimmy Robbins) All American Middle Class White Boy (Thomas Rhett, Jay Joyce, Brett Warren, Brad Warren) Beer With Jesus (Thomas Rhett, Rick Huckaby, Lance Miller)
Rhett will continue playing the new music out on the road with Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN TOUR through October. For dates and more visit www.thomasrhett.com.
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Following a successful weekend of touring, hot newcomer Thomas Rhett continued the party yesterday (5/6) as his latest single, “It Goes Like This,” was officially the most added song at Country Radio. The vibey love song elicited an impressive 70 stations on by impact date and marks the hot newcomer's third release from his forthcoming debut album on The Valory Music Co.
“We are really proud of this song and I want to give a big thanks to Country Radio for all of their early support!” exclaimed Thomas Rhett. “We are having so much fun introducing 'It Goes Like This' to fans in our live show and they seem to love it too."
The refreshing melody and sensual lyrics are already earning praise by critics:
“An infectious chorus separates this song from other love songs, but it’s not nearly as contagious without this singer’s unencumbered delivery. Rhett seems like a man who puts his full emotion into every recording, and in the end that’s what pushes this track well beyond ordinary. “– Taste of Country
“Really cool groove that should fit right in on Country Radio. He continues to grow by leaps and bounds with each release.” – Roughstock
This weekend Thomas Rhett will perform the new tune as part of his set on Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN TOUR. Upcoming dates include: Wichita, KS on Thursday (5/9); Tulsa, KS on Friday (5/10) and Little Rock, AR on Saturday (5/11). Visit ThomasRhett.com for additional tour stops and more.
Big Machine Label Group artists The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Cassadee Pope, along with BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta, have teamed up with General Mills and Feeding America for Year Two of Outnumber Hunger. The 2013 Outnumber Hunger campaign kicked off on Friday (April 5th) with Outnumber Hunger LIVE, a festival concert event featuring several of the aforementioned artists. Part of the Academy of Country Music’s Party For A Cause at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, the launch will be highlighted by a 2-hour television special tonight (April 6th) on AXS-TV, premiering at 9PM ET, with rebroadcasts throughout the next six weeks. Check your local listing for times and rebroadcasts.
Follow Big Machine and Outnumber Hunger on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos and updates from the event and the broadcast tonight.
Hot Country newcomer Thomas Rhett made his national television debut on “FOX & FRIENDS” yesterday morning, performing the Top 15, poignant “Beer With Jesus.” The Georgia native also chatted about penning the tune and much of the material on his debut album, which is slated for release later this year on The Valory Music Co. Watch via http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-friends/index.html#/v/2201816539001/thomas-rhetts-beer-with-jesus/?playlist_id=86912.
While in New York, Thomas Rhett also opened Jason Aldean’s NIGHT TRAIN TOUR at a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. He had the crowd on their feet and singing along to his catchy party anthem, “Front Porch Junkies” and his Top 15 debut “Something To Do With My Hands.” The talented singer/songwriter has also penned two Jason Aldean cuts, including the current single, “1994.”
“Playing MSG was incredible! I can’t even begin to imagine all of the history that has been made in that place,” said Thomas Rhett. “Having that opportunity so early in my career… man, it’s just a dream come true.”
The tour will make stops at several notable venues across the country, including a historic two-night, sold-out stint at Boston’s famed Fenway Park this summer. This weekend Thomas Rhett will headline shows in Nashville, TN on Thursday (3/7); Chicago, IL (3/8) and Minneapolis, MN (3/9) before joining Aldean again later this month.
Thomas Rhett will also appear on “THE BETTER SHOW” this Friday (3/8), airing in Nashville at 1:00PM CST on WSMV CH 4. Visit www.bettertv.com for local listings.
Country Radio Seminar is proud to announce songwriters The Warren Brothers (Brad and Brett) and Thomas Rhett as co-headliners of CRS 2013’s WCRS Live! songwriter showcase, which will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
The event, WCRS Live!: “Brad, Brett & Thomas Rhett,” is sponsored by BMI and Country Aircheck, and will take place from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT on the second floor of the Nashville Convention Center during Country Radio Seminar.
"Enter this showcase at your own risk.... these three BMI songwriters could possibly tear the house down," commented Jody Williams, Vice President of Writer/Publisher at BMI. "Thomas Rhett's rocket ship has already taken off. He's going to be a big part of country radio's future. And Brad and Brett Warren continue to write groundbreaking music for the format. BMI is very excited to represent these talented and entertaining hit songwriters. This year's line-up at WCRS live should be a blast."
Country Aircheck’s Lon Helton adds, "WCRS Live! is a CRS bellwether and always one of the most anticipated sessions of the year. It's an honor and privilege to partner with BMI in presenting Country's finest songwriters and artists in the most intimate of settings."
This year’s event will will be held on Wednesday prior to the CRS Artist/Attendee Welcome Reception. This is different than in previous years when it was scheduled on the Thursday of the seminar. All CRS attendees can attend.
The WCRS Live! showcase is one of the performance highlights each year at Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2013, in downtown Nashville. Last year’s lineup featured Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna.
For more information on CRS 2013, visit http://www.countryradioseminar.org. $499 registration is currently available online at www.countryradioseminar.org or by contacting the Country Radio Broadcasters at (615) 327-4487.