The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is pleased to announce Thomas Rhett with his Very Hot Summer Tour 2019, on September 5 in Sioux Falls, SD. Rhett will welcome special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. Ticket go on sale Friday, November 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Find yours HERE!
Thomas Rhett scored his first No. one hit in 2013 with “It Goes Like This," introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of county music with pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut, and the anything-goes attitude of rock. During the years since, he's become a husband. A father, too. And, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, a headliner of massive arenas. It's funny how life can change so much in such a short period of time.
Life Changes captures that whirlwind period. Recorded while Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, were in the middle of adopting their daughter from Africa and awaiting the birth of their second child, it's the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits. Kicking off the album is "Craving You," a driving, danceable pop anthem filled with '80s-inspired production and guest vocals for Maren Morris. From there, Life Changes carves a path as wild and wide as his own career. There are coming-of-age country ballads, heartland rock & roll anthems, EDM-influenced pop tracks and R&B slow jams all wrapped together by the songwriting skills and elastic vocals of a frontman who's willing to shine a light on his own milestones and mistakes.
And like any great storyteller, he weaves a wide narrative on Life Changes, delivering the album from several different personas. He transforms himself into a 1950s crooner on "Sweetheart," a modernized doo-wop song inspired by his childhood trips to his grandparents' house, where he spent his afternoons listening to records by the Drifters and Carole King. "Leave Right Now" and "Marry Me” are two mid-tempo ballads underscored by big, booming beats. On "Drink a Little Beer" — a song written by his father, Rhett Akins, who contributes guest vocals to the track — he time-travels to the 1970s, back when country songs featured Telecaster guitars and phaser pedals. And on the retro "Kiss Me like a Stranger," he channels the soft-rock sounds of the Bee Gees and Hall & Oates, which he co-wrote with Jordan Reynolds and his high-school idol, Dave Barnes.
Life Changes owes much of that variety of Thomas Rhett's stage show, which has evolved and diversified since he first began touring.
"The more I started getting comfortable being me on stage, whether that means dancing or playing a Bruno Mars song in our set, the more it changed the way I wrote songs," he explains. "I want to continue making our concerts a fun place for all people, including people who wanna dance to love songs and people who wanna rock to rock songs. I just love having a mixture."
Variety. It's one of the key ingredients of Life Changes' powerful sound. From the EDM-inspired "Leave Right Now" to the feel-good, country-rocking "Renegades," Life Changes shines its light into every corner of Thomas Rhett's influences. It's an album for Millennials and Baby Boomers alike. For those who grew up listening to FM radio, as well as those who prefer Spotify playlists. And while several songs find Rhett proudly singing about his roots, it's also an album about moving forward. About growing, expanding, and chasing down new songs, creating the soundtrack for all of life's changes along the way.