Friday, March 5, 2021
– Thomas Rhett announced today that he would release a new disc, "Country Again: Side A" on April 30 on Valory Music, the first of two albums slated for release this year.
Two new songs - "Want It Again" and "Growing Up" - were released.
"'Country Again: Side A' is everything I wanted to say when I was 19 years old, but hadn't lived enough to know how to say any of those things yet," Rhett said. "It's about the crazy journey that took me out into the world over the last 10 years and ultimately brought me back home, more centered and content than ever, with a deep understanding for what's important in life. I've had a blast sharing some of these songs in their acoustic form during quarantine and am blown away by the reaction the fans have already shown."
With Side B planned for release later this year, "Country Again: Side A" is entirely co-written by Rhett.
The track list is:
1. "Want It Again" | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, Josh Thompson
2. "Growing Up" | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, Josh Thompson
3. "What's Your Country Song" | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Parker Welling
4. "Where We Grew Up"* | Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird, Josh Miller
5. "Heaven Right Now" | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson, Laura Veltz
6. "To The Guys That Date My Girls" | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
7. "More Time Fishin'" | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
8. "Country Again" | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
9. "Put It On Ice (featuring Hardy)"+ | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson
10. "Blame It On A Backroad" | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
11. "Ya Heard" | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Chase McGill
Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure
+Produced by Dann Huff and Matt Dragstrem
*Produced by Dann Huff
Teaming up with longtime producers Huff and Frasure, Rhett had already been feeling a pull back to his roots and a shifting state of perspective with the music he was creating, when the pandemic struck and the world shut down, according to a press release.
"How else do you slow down unless you're forced to?" Rhett said.. "For the first time, I had to look at myself and say 'Who am I? Who is Thomas Rhett without a microphone or a guitar or a stage?' I had to really dig deep and figure it out. So in many ways, 2020 was a big ol' reality check, a complete reset. And when I finally settled into myself and my family, and started to work again, it completely influenced all of my songwriting."