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Life Changes: Thomas Rhett Album Review

Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes may be the most aptly titled album of 2017. The new father of two has now released his third studio album, has already gone to number one on the US Country Airplay chart with Craving You, and is set to keep that momentum going.

Life Changes is a monster album, with 14 total tracks, guest appearances by his dad, Rhett Akins, on Drink A Little Beer and Maren Morris on the CMA Musical Event and Music Video of the Year nominated, Craving You, and the potential for as many as 7 or more radio singles. From start to finish, this is unmistakably a Thomas Rhett album, in all the best ways.

Note: if Thomas Rhett truly is announcing a comeback record from his pops, Rhett Akins, on Drink A Little Beer, we’re excited about it and ready for it!

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Life Changes is an album that isn’t afraid to take chances. Just like he did on his last record, Tangled Up, Thomas Rhett mixes in his own personal style with the country music he grew up on. The title track and Smooth Like The Summer are perfect examples, with different vibes, they both bring a beat in the background and unique touch, and they’re both reminiscent of the feelings I got when I first heard Crash And Burn.

At the risk of being too bold on the prediction front… I’m going to say here and now that Marry Me, the fifth track on the album, is poised to be a number one single if Rhett and his team make the decision to release it to radio. The heartbreaking story is pure country, dripping with emotion, sadness, and ‘play it on repeat in the dark while drinking whiskey’ potential.

Thomas Rhett has become a leading man in country music. With headlining tour dates, a 2017 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nomination, and eight number one singles on the US Country Airplay charts, he’s made it. And with this third album putting him firmly in the country music spotlight, still only at the age of 27 years old, he’s got the opportunity to stay there for a long time to come.

One of my favourite moments on the record comes during Life Changes when Rhett rhymes, “And I wrote a little song about holding her hand/ And now everybody wanna die happy, man”. It’s autobiographical, it’s sweet, and (to me) it’s perfect.

There are other highlights, lyrics, and tracks that I could go on and on about, but it comes down to this… Life Changes is a country record that will take you from feeling emotional to feeling like you want to dance. It tells stories, it takes changes, and it plays for more than 45 minutes of listening pleasure. Pressing play and letting the music wash over you is a great decision if you’re a Thomas Rhett fan, a country fan, or if you’re looking to broaden your musical horizons.

Thomas Rhett, Life Changes Tracklist

1. Craving You w/ Maren Morris
2. Unforgettable
3. Sixteen
4. Drink A Little Beer w/ Rhett Akins
5. Marry Me
6. Leave Right Now
7. Smooth Like The Summer
8. Life Changes
9. When You Look Like That
10. Sweetheart
11. Kiss Me Like A Stranger
12. Renegades
13. Gateway Love
14. Grave

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5 Reasons We’re Excited to See Thomas Rhett at Boots & Hearts 2015

Thomas Rhett Live at the Rock N' Horse TorontoThomas Rhett is quickly becoming one of the biggest stars in country music. With three #1 singles (It Goes Like This, Get Me Some Of That, Make Me Wanna) from his debut album – the first time in 20 years that’s happened for a solo male country artist – Rhett is, as they say, white hot.

This summer country music fans at Boots & Hearts will have a chance to see first hand just what all the fuss is about when Thomas Rhett takes the stage. And we’re willing to bet that the thousands and thousands of bodies in the crowd this August are going to have a hella good time.

To get us all ready, we’ve built a list of 5 reasons we’re excited to see Thomas Rhett this summer at Boots & Hearts.

If we missed something that you think is important, add it in the comments

The Hits

Thomas Rhett ConcertWe’ve already covered the 3 #1 hits from It Goes Like This… but those aren’t the only songs that fans are going to know and sing along to at Burl’s Creek Event Park.

Get ready to listen to a lot of voices belting out the words to…

  • Beer With Jesus
  • It Goes Like This
  • Sorry For Partyin’
  • Get Me Some Of That
  • Make Me Wanna

An entire crowd singing together is one of my favourite things in the world. I can’t wait to be part of it!

The Covers

Thomas Rhett with Florida Georgia LineWe know that Rhett is a big fan of Bruno Mars, and that he’s used Uptown Funk as an encore on tour – and there’s the video for When I Was Your Man – so don’t be surprised to hear that one at some point in the show. But there could be more…

With songwriting credits on hits for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and 2015 Boots & Hearts headliners, Florida Georgia Line – there’s a strong chance that we’ll get to hear some combination of I Ain’t Ready To Quit, 1994, Parking Lot Party, and Round Here.

We’re not sure if they’re really covers if it’s the songwriter performing the songs… but that’s what we’ll call it for now.

The New Music

Thomas Rhett Crash and BurnWith a new album on the way, and a lead single already available – Crash And Burn – there’s a strong chance that we’re going to get even more new music when Thomas Rhett plays live for us.

If you haven’t heard the new song yet, have a listen and then calm down. There’s a lot of debate going on in the comments of the YouTube video… and as always, it’s the country music “protectors” who are railing against anything that doesn’t sound like the music they grew up on.

Let’s hope that common sense prevails and we can all just agree to enjoy good music, and move on if a song isn’t to our taste.

For the record, Crash And Burn is to our taste.

The Dance Moves

Thomas Rhett DancingThere’s not a ton to say about this, but it will be fun to watch. If you’ve seen the Make Me Wanna music video, you’ve seen the footwork that Thomas Rhett brings to the dance floor. And while we do hope that he spends more time concentrating on his singing than his dancing – we’re pretty sure he’s going to shake it for the ladies once or twice during his set.

We’ll just have to wait and see if the reaction is anywhere close to what it was for Luke Bryan’s dancing at Boots & Hearts 2014.

The Pedigree

Thomas Rhett and Rhett AkinsY’all probably know that Thomas Rhett is the son of country music singer/songwriter Rhett Akins – in fact, his birth name is Thomas Rhett Akin Jr.

Songwriting and performing are in his blood. We’ve seen it first hand at the Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon in Toronto. And we can’t wait for you all to see it this summer.

Plus, there’s the slightest chance that we’ll get to see Thomas Rhett play his dad’s biggest hit, That Ain’t My Truck… and that is a moment that we can’t wait for!

Boots & Hearts is one of our favourite weekends of the year. It has been since year 1 in 2012 – and we are sure that 2015, the 1st year at Burl’s Creek Event Park is going to be just as awesome as all the rest have been.

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

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