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  THOMAS RHETT - Gone Country - The Valory Music Co.

With his seventh studio album ABOUT A WOMAN on its way in August, Thomas Rhett is in full embrace of his personal life’s upbeat era and he’s creatively putting it to song with an amped up blending of the signature attributes that make him uniquely who he is.

Following last month’s addictively catchy lead single, “Beautiful As You,” he now gifts his fans with a grat track, “Gone Country.” 

Over a float on the breeze acoustic strum that layers the soft clap along groove of the chorus, Rhett opens the song hot and immediately sets the tone of the city girl turned country:

“Once she gone country, she never goin' back

She feelin' right at home with her boots up on my dash

When she go back to the city, that's just to pack

She headed for a spot a little further off the map, yeah”

Giving way to a pop laced backbeat that challenges the genre lines as he tip-toes a flow on both sides of it, seamlessly balancing between pop sensibilities and country flavoring, he pinpoints the precise moments that “country” began to inject her soul; from her hips beginning to pop when the band at the bar hit all the right chords to the whiskey inducing a slight twang in her talk.

On a late-night dirt road, get lost in each other drive as they were “chasin’ the moon off the pavement,” the second verse sees her full transformation becoming more complete when she says through her whispers that "This 'bout good as it gets" and that she could get real used to it.

Though the lyrics are craftily different in the way that they’re telling a familiar “gone country” story,  a memorable nod to his own father’s smash hit at the start of the second verse leaves a distinctive impression through its playful wink wink, nudge nudge:

“He turned the key and took her on a Chevy ride

That radio was on, "That Ain't My Truck" from '95

And she said, "Wait, I know this, this is Alabama, right?"

That boy, he laughed so hard, half of his truck was crossin' double yellow lines.”

Thomas Rhett really doesn’t have anything to prove at this point in his career yet he’s clearly challenging himself to find fresh ways, both melodically and lyrically, to convey exactly who he and his wife Lauren are through 3-minute snapshots that tell the overall picture of their life.

“I feel like if you were to ask me what this record is about, the answer would be it’s about one woman, my wife, and it gave me an opportunity to say, ‘I love you’ in a lot of different ways,” says Rhett.

(Review Written By: Jeffrey Kurtis/Artwork c/o the Valory Music Co.)



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