Friday, March 4, 2022 – Thomas Rhett dropped a new song today, "Death Row," from his forthcoming album "Where We Started.
The song features Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Russell Dickerson. Rhett writes of visiting prisoners on death row and what we can learn from them.
The song was penned after the three visited a men's prison in Tennessee with their guitars. Rhett wrote the sobering track of redemption alongside Ashley Gorley and Zack Crowell.
"Tyler, Russell and I went and played some songs for a men's prison here in Tennessee," Rhett said. "We left with a lot of complex feelings, so I started writing as a way to process the heaviness. Our goal was for people to understand our experience by way of music. It's basically a page directly from our journal that day."
It was also announced this week that Rhett stars in the first new Fritos television commercial in 20 years for its "Down For Everything" campaign, airing nationwide now ahead of his live performance at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards airing on Prime Video, March 7 at 8 p.m. eastern.
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