Thomas Rhett admits that sometimes he may have strayed too far from country music with his songs, specifically his 2015 album “Tangled Up.”
“In a lot of ways it was great, and it set me apart from the artists I was being compared to at the time,” Thomas tells “Rolling Stone.” “But in another way, I was trying so hard to be insanely different that I sacrificed a little bit of who I really am for songs that just felt way too out there.”
But even though he likes to experiment with sounds, Thomas, whose new album “Center Point Road” dropped Friday, doesn’t understand people who don’t think he’s country enough. “The reason why I’m not [country enough] is just so comical to me, and it’s because I don’t have a fiddle,” he says. “I have so much clarity in my career at this point, and, man, I get it. There are a lot of things on here that are pop and hip-hop influenced. But just because I don’t have a fiddle on my song doesn’t mean I am not a country singer.”
Thomas hit New York’s Rockefeller Plaza Friday for “Today’s” Citi Concert Series, where he treated fans to songs from “Center Point Road,” like “Look What God Gave Her,” “That Old Truck” and “Remember You Young," as well as “Crash and Burn." He also sat down with the anchors to discuss his album, family and more.
Check out his interview and performances below.