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    THOMAS RHETT STRIKES A CHORD WITH MARTIN GUITAR

    September 9, 2014 0 Comments

    C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. proudly invites hit singer/songwriter THOMAS RHETT into their prestigious Martin Ambassador Program today, which honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee had the unique opportunity to visit their factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, last week before a tour stop to meet Martin’s craftsmen and women, marketing team and Martin’s Chief Product Officer, Fred Greene, to begin discussions on his Custom guitar. He joins a roster of artists across multiple genres, including Ed Sheeran, The Avett Brothers, Colbie Caillat, Jason Isbell, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, The Milk Carton Kids, James Valentine of Maroon 5, to name a few.

    “Choosing artists to join the Martin Ambassador roster is a responsibility that we take very seriously. A lot of research and consideration goes into the process because, for us, the artists will be a part of a family that is over 181 years old, and we can’t just let anyone join our family,” said Amani Duncan, VP, Brand Marketing, Martin Guitar. “Thomas Rhett is a natural fit and we are so pleased to be able to say ‘Welcome home!’”

    Initially earning recognition as a talented songwriter, penning hits for Florida Georgia Line (“Round Here”), Jason Aldean (“1994”), and Lee Brice (“Parking Lot Party”), this latest honor adds to an already stellar year for Thomas Rhett, augmenting the success of his debut album, IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.), which produced back-to-back #1 singles – Platinum-certified “It Goes Like This” and Gold-certified “Get Me Some of That.” Showcasing electric and acoustic guitar artistry, the project also features the Top 15 hits “Beer with Jesus” and “Something To Do With My Hands” as well as his latest offering, “Make Me Wanna.” The Valdosta, GA native grew up immersed in music, watching father Rhett Akins' success with songs like "That Ain't My Truck" and “Don’t Get Me Started” in addition to penning both of Thomas Rhett's chart-toppers.

    "As a kid I always looked up to my dad, who usually had a guitar in his hand, so when I started playing, I knew I'd need a quality guitar," said Thomas Rhett. "It's such an honor for Martin to be so supportive of my career and ask me to be one of their Ambassadors."

    Thomas Rhett has long been a part of the Martin Guitar family, playing the handcrafted guitars at his shows and festivals, including the packed crowd at the 2014 CMA Music Festival's Martin Jam Tent. The legendary guitar company chose an ideal ambassador, who is known to “grab his ol’ guitar and play.” He alternates between his D-28, HD-16R Adirondack and Custom Shop Koa HD-16R Martin guitars while on the road with Miranda Lambert’s PLATINUM TOUR. For tour dates and more information, visit thomasrhett.com.

    Learn more about the Martin Ambassador roster via www.martinguitar.com/players/martin-ambassadors and Martin Guitar at www.martinguitar.com. Martin guitars can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television to the movies, on Broadway and in books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere.

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    Thomas Rhett Celebrates Fans with #HomeTeam

    August 18, 2014 0 Comments

    Thomas Rhett fans have noticed his use of the hashtag #HomeTeam countless times over the past several weeks. The talented singer/songwriter celebrates their passion in his #HomeTeam campaign video, where Thomas Rhett appears on the ballot for 2014 CMA Awards' New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Musical Event of the Year.

    In the poignant cinematic endeavor, Thomas Rhett shares, “I am just a guy with a dream and I play for the home team.” His words reflect the devotion of each hard-working fan who has attended his shows and purchased his music this past year, earning him a platinum-certified single and a gold-certified single … and even more so allowed him to follow his musical destiny.

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    BRANTLEY GILBERT, JUSTIN MOORE AND THOMAS RHETT “THROWDOWN”

    August 4, 2014 0 Comments

    Watch The Raucous New Music Video

    Labelmates on The Valory Music Co., Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett brought out the big guns, some ATVs and pretty ladies for their latest Top 15-and-rising collaboration. The rowdy “Small Town Throwdown” music video premiered Friday and you can watch it here. Award-winning director Shane Drake shot the dirt road party just outside of Nashville with the talented Country stars and a few hundred guests. Former UFC Champion Chuck Liddell, who may or may not get in a fight with one of the guys, swung by for an unexpected visit.

    The talented trio will perform "Small Town Throwdown” tomorrow, August 5, on CMA Music Festival's Country's Night to Rock on ABC beginning at 8:00 PM ET. Later this month, Brantley will take the excitement to small towns across the country on the second leg of his LET IT RIDE TOUR, which begins August 19 in Austin, TX, with special guest Aaron Lewis and Chase Bryant.

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    THOMAS RHETT NOTCHES SECOND CONSECUTIVE #1 WITH GOLD-CERTIFIED “GET ME SOME OF THAT”

    May 12, 2014 0 Comments

    As the temperatures heat up across the country, Thomas Rhett continues to sizzle across Country radio, notching his second consecutive #1 hit with “Get Me Some Of That.” This week the “soul-saver, now-and-later,” GOLD-certified tune tops both the Billboard and Mediabase Country Charts.

    As a recording artist, Thomas Rhett previously scored his first-ever #1 with the multi-week, platinum-certified “It Goes Like This,” while his songwriting resume also boasts the two-week #1 “Round Here” for Florida Georgia Line.

    The Georgia native shares in the celebration with his father Rhett Akins, who co-wrote both of the chart-toppers featured on Thomas Rhett’s debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.). TR received a special congratulatory message from his daddy, the other “Get Me Some Of That” writers – Cole Swindell, Michael Carter – and Luke Bryan. Check it out here. The song’s official, and fittingly coy video, has garnered over 6.9 million views and showcases his real-life love, wife Lauren.

    Thomas Rhett also picked up a pair of 2014 CMT Music Awards’ nominations for “It Goes Like This” in the Video and Breakthrough Video of the Year categories. Fans can vote at CMT.com and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile now through June 1 to help Thomas Rhett take home the esteemed “buckles.” For the night’s biggest honor, Video of the Year, the six finalists will be announced at the beginning of the 8:00P ET live show on June 4 and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile and via text message throughout the telecast (ET/CT only).

    He is currently on Brantley Gilbert’s LET IT RIDE TOUR, which culminates this weekend with stops in Omaha, NE on 5/15; Sioux Falls, SD on 5/16; Withcita, KS on 5/17 and Denver, CO on 5/18.

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    THOMAS RHETT SERENADES LADIES OF ABC’s THE VIEW WITH SEDUCTIVE NEW SINGLE, “GET ME SOME OF THAT”

    March 7, 2014 0 Comments

    Hot newcomer Thomas Rhett serenaded the audience – and female hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and guest co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy yesterday (3/6) with his seductive “Get Me Some Of That” on ABC’s The View. The Top 20-and-rising single is featured on the heartthrob’s debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.), which previously scored a multi-week #1 with the PLATINUM-certified title track and two Top 15 hits – “Beer With Jesus” and “Something To Do With My Hands.” The talented songwriter also penned Florida Georgia Line’s two-week #1 “Round Here” and two Jason Aldean cuts, in addition to opening for Aldean last year. This Spring, Thomas Rhett will hit the road with Brantley Gilbert’s LET IT RIDE TOUR and Jake Owen’s DAYS OF GOLD TOUR.

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    THOMAS RHETT RAISES OVER $50,000 FOR TWO LOCAL CHARITIES

    December 12, 2013 0 Comments

    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.

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    Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett Share Spotlight at No. 1 Celebration

    December 3, 2013 0 Comments

    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.

    Got all that?

    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.

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    THOMAS RHETT’S DEBUT ALBUM IT GOES LIKE THIS SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 29

    August 22, 2013 0 Comments

    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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