Rhett embraces "Slow Down Summer"
Monday, November 8, 2021
– Thomas Rhett released a new song, "Slow Down Summer" (via The Valory Music Co.) as the first taste of his sixth studio album, "Where We Started," to be released in early 2022.
"Slow Down Summer" features a piano melody, storytelling lyrics and a 14-piece string section. "I wrote this song from the point of view of two people who are in love during senior year of high school," Rhett said. "I envisioned them headed off to different schools, and they're starting to understand that the moment the weather starts to change, they've got a 99-percent chance this relationship is not going to work. I know that myself and a lot of people have been there before, wishing the fireworks stage doesn't have to end."
Written on retreat in Montana with frequent collaborators Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasure, Sean Douglas and his father Rhett Akins, the song was produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure.
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