Following his Number One smash “Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett’s “T-Shirt” feels in some ways like a return to form — its sinuous groove and frank sexuality picking up where the shimmying of “Make Me Wanna” left off. As the tune from Rhett’s ACM-nominated album Tangled Up winds its way through the current country top 10, Rhett visited New York City to perform it on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Adorned with a green Gibson Les Paul, Rhett doesn’t do much of his usual dancing — instead bobbing his shoulders and bending his knees in time. His relatively small band locks in behind him, assisted by electronic bass drops, processed vocal effects and even a banjo track. But having those disparate elements slammed together on one song is now part of Rhett’s M.O. after the success of “Die a Happy Man.”
“I wanted to cut ‘T-Shirt’ on my first record and put it out as like a second or third single off my first record,” he says. “So now that I actually have a chance to put it out after a song that had such great success, I think now is definitely the time for me to start messing around.”
Presently, Rhett is supporting Jason Aldean on his North American tour. This weekend, he’ll play a trio of shows in Ontario before returning to Arkansas on May 19th.