Adding some swing to his swagger, THOMAS RHETT landed on GOLF DIGEST’S Top 100 in Music list, which highlights artists who love hole-in-ones almost as much as a #1s. Watch the Georgia native play a few holes and give some tips at the Athens Country Club during TRue Life. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee joins country superstars Vince Gill, Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts), Toby Keith and Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), all ranking in the upper-echelon of the magazine’s list. Thomas Rhett frequents the links as often as he can, enjoying the challenges of new and different courses while on the road. This fall, the “Make Me Wanna” singer will join golf buddy – and The Valory Music Co. labelmate – Justin Moore on his OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR. The talented singer/songwriter has scored two consecutive platinum-certified chart-toppers with “Get Me Some of That” and “It Goes Like This” as well as penning Florida Georgia Line’s multi-week #1 “Round Here."
JUSTIN MOORE invites fans on round two of his OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR this fall. Kicking off October 23, the 11-city headline trek will run throughout the end of November and stars Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford with special guest Jordan Rager. Ticket on-sales have already begun in select markets via https://www.justinmooremusic.com/tour.
"Anybody that knows me, knows how important it is for me to meet my fans and give them a show that's worth the money they paid to come see us," said Justin. "I couldn't be more excited to get back out on the road and have Thomas Rhett, Colt and Jordan bring their energy to OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR!"
With two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, fans can except to hear several chart-toppers during Justin's set, including “Small Town USA,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” and “Til My Last Day.” The talented singer/songwriter's aptly titled third studio album, OFF THE BEATEN PATH (The Valory Music Co.), has produced the GOLD-certified smashes “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll,"which marked Justin's fourth and fifth #1 singles.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH TOUR dates:
10/23 Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena 10/24 Norman, OK – Lloyd Noble Center 10/25 Kearney, NE – Viaero Event Center 10/26 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center 11/14 Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 11/15 Dayton, OH – Wright State University’s Nutter Center 11/16 Bristol, TN – Viking Hall ** 11/20 Clovis, NM – Curry County Events Center 11/21 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center 11/22 Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena 11/23 Missoula, MT – Adam Center*
*Dates with Thomas Rhett | **Dates with Colt Ford
The ACM New Artist of the Year's current single, “Home Sweet Home" featuring Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, was recorded for NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A TRIBUTE TO MÖTLEY CRÜE. Justin, who is also featured alongside Thomas Rhett on their labelmate Brantley Gilbert's Top 10-and-rising "Small Town Throwdown," recently wrapped up dates on Miranda Lambert’s PLATINUM TOUR. Visit moorejustinmusic.com for additional ticketing and touring information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.