PITTSBURGH – In the mid-2000’s Keith Urban changed the path of country music forever.¹
PITTSBURGH – At the beginning of the year I was having a conversation with my Dad about golf; specifically the new breed of golfers who are now leading the charge as the world’s best players.
As a man in his mid-60’s who follows the game closely, he had a particularly slanted, “get off my lawn” attitude toward the 20-somethings (Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler) who have taken the place once held by the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.
As the conversation continued, I told him, “Get used to it or follow another sport, because these are the guys you’re going to be seeing at the top of the leaderboards for the next 10 years.”
I bring up this conversation because country music has reached the same tipping point.
Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt ushered in the current movement, while neo-traditionalists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Kip Moore have updated their sounds in the same mold – i.e., drum machines, synths, programmed beats, electric guitars, guest raps and flourishes of R&B.
This brings us to Thomas Rhett.