Thomas Rhett recently covered Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” showing the country music industry and fans that perhaps he has influences that far exceed those within the genre. Despite Rhett’s very public display of respect for the highly acclaimed Top 40/R&B vocalist, fans didn’t necessarily foresee the release of a radio single that strays from his country roots.
Then appeared “Crash and Burn,” the newest of Rhett’s songs to hit airwaves. While the vocals are undeniably representative of country music, considering Rhett’s Georgia twang, the instrumentation screams of outside influences, including, but not limited to, doo-wop, rhythm and blues, and pop.
The breakup song is atypical of one about heartbreak, as Rhett kicks up the beat while admitting that he is lonely and sulking. Void of the perfunctory country musicality, Rhett shows that the genre is certainly shifting in its nature, indicating that a southern drawl is sometimes enough to allow an artist to call country radio his home.
“Crash and Burn’s” chorus gently explains the state of mind of a lonely soul trying to pick himself up and find his way after losing his shared life with another:
Guess I turned myself into a solitary man. Ain’t like I’m the only one that’s in the shoes that I am. Do you hear that? I’m right back at the sound of lonely calling. Do you hear that? It’s where I’m at. It’s the sound of teardrops falling down.
With one of the most added songs to country radio this week, Rhett is a poster child for the diversity that exists in the genre at this day and age. What do you think of Thomas Rhett’s “Crash and Burn”? Let us know on Twitter @CMchatLIVE.