Country star Thomas Rhett took time out to answer some questions for Notting Hill Post when he recently performed in Shepherds Bush.
*’What do you find inspiring about London?’* London has amazing energy and depth. You have millions of people from all backgrounds and walks of life, all living in this fast-paced city that is modern, but at the same time there is something a thousand years old around every corner.
*’The Shepherds Bush Empire has had so many amazing bands grace its stage, are you looking forward to playing here on Saturday?’ I am really excited to be headlining a show in London, especially at somewhere like The Shepherd’s Bush Empire. That it sold out is amazing. Our goal is to keep everyone on their feet and dancing from the moment we hit the stage to the moment we leave.
‘Why do you think the UK has embraced country music?’ UK music fans are just really open minded and embrace things they like and don’t care about how you label them. There’s a long history here of amazing artists and songwriters that are honestly not that different to what we do in Nashville. Bands like The Beatles and The Stones had lots of songs that could exist on country radio today, as do people like Ed Sheeran and The Shires. Country music first and foremost is about the songwriting and storytelling and the UK has an amazing tradition of that.
‘Tell us a little more about the inspiration behind the new album ’Tangled Up.’ Tangled Up really is a collection of all these different musical influences I have had throughout my life. I am a 26-year-old guy who loves country music, but grew up listening to all different genres and being influenced and inspired by all of it.
‘What have you learnt about the art of songwriting from working with others?’ You are always learning about songwriting. It’s one of those things you just keep getting better at over time and collaborating with other songwriters is really the best way to do that, for me at least. Sometimes it can be as simple as someone weighing in with a key word or phrase that completely makes the song, or sets you on a really special path you would not have got to on your own.