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article imageReview: Thomas Rhett hits New York's Irving Plaza with his best shot Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 9, 2014 in Music
New York - Country music singer and songwriter Thomas Rhett played for a sold-out crowd at New York's Irving Plaza on March 8, 2014.
Fellow country singer Jon Pardi served as his opening act and he did an exceptional job warming up the stage and getting the audience pumped up for Rhett's performance.
He opened with "All-American Middle Class White Boy," which is a track that he co-wrote on his debut studio album It Goes Like This, which garnered a favorable review from Digital Journal.
It was followed by the upbeat "Whatcha Got In That Cup" and "Make Me Wanna" was a great deal of fun and a catchy melody.
He covered songs by such artists as Justin Timberlake ("Suit and Tie"), but his version of Garth Brooks' signature song "Friends In Low Places" was by far the audience favorite. He invited a fan on stage with him to sing the Garth Brooks classic, proving that he does care for his fans.
Rhett continued with his brand new single "Get Me Some Of That" which was quite infectious. It is already in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, with the potential to climb a lot higher.
The versatility of his talent emerges when he sang "Front Porch Junkies," where he displayed his country-rap vocals that were reminiscent of country artist Colt Ford.
"Sorry for Partyin'" was the theme song of his show, which ended as a crowd sing-along. Towards the end of the song, he remarked, "You should never be sorry for partying," which was a statement that was well-received by the audience.
He went on to sing a cover of Lee Brice's hit "Parking Lot Party," which was co-written by Rhett" and he sang his renditions of David Lee Murphy's "Dust On The Bottle," Steve Miller Band's "The Joker" and Weezer's "Beverly Hills."
He shared that he wrote the song "Beer With Jesus" while in college and it subsequently became his second radio single. The tender and poignant ballad "Beer With Jesus" was his highlight song of the evening since it showcased his smooth and delicate vocals.
After "Take You Home," he shouted, "All my single girls make some noise," and his female fans followed his lead.
A Valory Music Company recording artist, Rhett displayed his patriotic spirit by debuting a new song entitled "Merica," where his fans were screaming "U.S.A." throughout the performance. "Ya'll like it so far?" he asked them mid-way through the song. It is safe to say that they did.
He delivered a solo and acoustic rendition of Florida Georgia Line's "Round Here," which he co-wrote.
Rhett closed with his chart-topping single "It Goes Like This," and "1994," a Top 10 hit that he co-penned for country superstar Jason Aldean. It was fun seeing his fans yell "Joe Diffie" back to him during the chorus of "1994."
For his encore, he returned to sing his breakthrough single "Something To Do With My Hands," which was a real treat.
Rhett went on to thank his New York audience for coming out and seeing him tonight and he wished them all a good night.
The Verdict
Overall, Thomas Rhett delivered at New York's Irving Plaza. He proved to his fans in the "Big Apple" that he is an all-around gifted entertainer: singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player. His body of songwriting work alone is quite noteworthy and he managed to make all the cover songs he performed tonight his own. He interacted well with his fans and if the response of the new single "Get Me Some of That," is any indication on how it will fare on the country charts, then he should look forward to another chart-topping single in the near future. His show garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on country singer Thomas Rhett and his tour dates, visit his website.
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