Thomas Rhett thought he was writing for “Country Again: Side B,” but things didn’t exactly go to plan.
After the release of Thomas Rhett Country again: A in the spring of 2021, he intended to take the next natural step by releasing Country Again: B-side, however, things don’t always go as planned.
At the end of 2021, with between 150 and 200 songs to his credit for his next album, Rhett finds himself at a crossroads. He had just co-written a very special track called “Where We Started”, and quickly realized his plans for Country Again: B-side should be set aside.
“I think I’ve learned to roll with the punches over the past five years,” Rhett laughed at a recent press event when asked how he ended up with an entirely separate album.
“We were on my farm, and that song, for some reason, spurred on a lot of other songs that kind of followed suit,” Rhett explained of “Where We Started.” “And, when we went into the studio and recorded this song, it started to become a different project.”
When he realized he was finally writing for an entirely separate album, Rhett joined his team and they decided to go out. where we started and hold back Country Again: B-side.
“This album seemed like such a good compromise between the two [albums], very versatile,” he explained. “I feel like this record literally has a song for everyone.”
Released April 1, the project is Rhett’s sixth studio album and features 15 tracks, all but one co-written by Rhett. The album’s first single, “Slow Down Summer”, was released previously and made it into the Top 25 on country radio.
The father-of-four says it’s “one of my favorite records I’ve ever been a part of” and admits he can’t wait for fans to hear it in full.
“I think a lot of people have heard some of these songs with me playing teasers on social media,” he said. “And so I’m excited for people to see the track listing and be like, ‘Oh, I remember when he played that acoustic,’ ‘I wonder what the record is going to sound like?’
From lyrics to melodies to star-studded collaborations, Rhett promised where we started is “this is going to be really fun”.
The title track is a “stunning” collab with Katy Perry that came completely out of left field.
“It was never a plan. I don’t think we were looking for a collaboration on this song,” he admitted. But after someone from his label sent him to Perry’s team, he was all-in.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, but they’re not going to respond.’… And literally within 24 hours, Katy responded and said, ‘I love this. I resonate with this so well,'” he recalled “When she put her voice on it, it took her about two weeks. She really put a lot of time and effort into that voice… It reminded me of what an amazing singer she is, and I I feel like it really came to life.
Other featured artists include Riley Green (“Half Of Me”) and Tyler Hubbard and Russell Dickerson (“Death Row”).
Overall, Rhett announced that the album would be an “emotional roller coaster” for fans.
“I like to make you cry, but I like to make you smile right away. And once you smile, I want you to dance. And once you dance, I want you to cry again”, a- he declared.
Before the release of where we started, Thomas Rhett has shared two new tracks, “Angels” and “Church Boots”, further amplifying the excitement for the record.
While fans will have to wait until April 1 to hear the full draft, those who Pre-order will instantly receive the two new leads.
WHERE WE STARTED List of tracks:
1. “The hill” | Lori McKenna, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Weisband
2. “Church Boots” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Ernest Keith Smith
3. “Bass Pro Cap” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Joshua Miller, Josh Thompson
4. “Anything Cold” | Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally
5. “Angels” | Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, Jaten Dimsdale, Josh Thompson
6. “Half of Me” (with Riley Green) | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
seven. “Bring the Bar” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Parker Welling
8. “Paradise” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Ernest Keith Smith, Josh Thompson
9.”Death Row” (with Tyler Hubbard, Russell Dickerson) | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
ten. “Mom’s Front Door” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill
11. “Slow Down Summer” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Sean Douglas, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
12. “Simple as a song” | Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird, Josh Thompson
13. “We One Day” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge
14. “Someone Like Me” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson
15. “Where We Began (with Katy Perry) | Thomas Rhett, Jon Bellion, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley