A group of country stars just raised a crap-ton of money for charity. This will make you feel warm inside…
On Wednesday night (October 5), Thomas Rhett & Friends — as his inaugural charity concert event is titled — played some songs, raising more than $250,000 for 147 Million Orphans, an organization that gives food, water, medicine, shelter and education to children who need them. This shindig went down at the nine-acre retreat location, Nashville’s The Old School.
Who are these “friends,” you ask?
Thomas Rhett and Friends (photo from www.nashcountrydaily.com)
Backing Rhett was Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Russell Dickerson, Walker Hayes, and Shane McAnally. The event treated the attendees to a nice farm-to-table dinner, limited-edition merchandise, and an after party of sorts: S’mores around the campfire with Rhett and his wife, Lauren.
“Last night was an unreal experience for me and Lauren, to see our hometown, as well as people from all over the country, coming together to support something that’s so important to us,” said Thomas Rhett. “Tuesday nights are like Saturday nights to artists, so I want to be sure to thank Dierks, Brian and Tyler, Shane, Walker and Russell for giving up part of their weekends to make it such a special night, and help us raise money and awareness for this amazing cause.”
What else has Thomas Rhett been up to?
Rhett and his wife, Lauren (photo from www.nashcountrydaily.com)
For one, he just released his single “Star of the Show,” which is about his wife, as was his No. 1 hit “Die a Happy Man.”
Although it just came out, it’s a song that has had to brew for a while.
Thomas Rhett and his father, whose first name is Rhett, wrote this song right after Thomas and Lauren got married.
“It was a staple in our set before we had any hits,” Thomas said. “And fans still request it to this day.”
“Star of the Show” is going to be available on the deluxe version of “Tangled Up,” his second album, on October 28. The album will include a remix of “Die a Happy Man” with Tori Kelly and an alternate version of “Playing With Fire” with Danielle Bradbery.
He seems to be writing new music all the time, yet he doesn’t want to feel rushed.
“As an artist, I think you feel like you have to turn around so fast,” he says. “I’ve gotta do this and gotta do this. You really do have time to be creative. If you don’t take that time to be creative, then you’re gonna put something out that’s not worth anybody’s time…”
And the writing process is a journey through his brain, his life, and his art.
“I’m just writing songs to try to figure out what direction my brain wants to go, what kind of songs I want to write, where I’m at in my life right now, what kind of content I want to write about,” he said. “So it’s just really fun to get back in and be creative again and start that process again of just like well, what are we gonna do different on this one that we didn’t do on the second one that can really up the game?”