Country music singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett had a lot to celebrate on Friday night.
The show, at the Greek Theatre, was the first-ever headlining gig in Los Angeles for the 27-year-old Nashville-native and it was sold out. And, Rhett’s latest album, “Life Changes,” which dropped on Sept. 8, hit No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and top country albums’ charts.
Rhett spent the day in L.A., hanging out at his pop-up shop – which opened just for the day across the street from Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Avenue – showing off his line, Daniel Patrick X Thomas Rhett. He’s also slated to play the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23 and he’ll get back to his headlining tour in San Diego at Viejas Arena on Sunday, Sept. 24.
If he was tired Friday night, he didn’t show it, hitting the stage hard for the kick off of the second leg of his Home Team Tour with his hit, “Crash and Burn.”
He kept the energy going with “South Side,” “Gotta Get Me Some of That” and “Make Me Wanna.” Once the crowd was nice and rowdy, he hit them with some new material, prefacing the sweet song “Sixteen” by saying, “It’s always super awkward to play new songs when people look at me like ‘I don’t know this song’.”
Surprisingly, quite a few folks had already learned the lyrics and sang along, others just held their plastic cups filled with beer high up into the air and swayed to the music. For the new, more straight-up country track, “Drink a Little Beer,” Rhett brought out his dad, singer-songwriter Rhett Akins, to sing along. It was a fun moment, watching two generations rock out on their guitars.
Rhett seems to have an old soul. He loves 50s doo wop music and R&B, but he also dabbles in pop and EDM. He played a so-so cover of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” though he definitely lacks the charisma and confidence of a performer like Mars.
Mid-set Rhett and the band moved…