Thomas Rhett Performs ‘Crash and Burn,’ ’T-Shirt’ on ‘Kimmel’ [Watch]
In the wake of the release of his Tangled Up album, Thomas Rhett took the stage for a high-energy performance on the late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 7. The artist performed two songs from his new record for the L.A. audience on the show's outdoor stage, treating fans to his newest tune “Crash and Burn” as well as “T-Shirt.”
Rhett, clad in a quirky Hawaiian shirt, was clearly excited to be there, engaging with fans and giving it his all. During “Crash and Burn,” he ran across the stage and back again, dancing to the funk-infused beat, his enthusiasm infectious.
“Crash and Burn” blends elements of R&B and pop with Rhett's country roots, particularly in the upbeat chorus. He says he’s a fan of the pop-R&B singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, and that his music partly inspired the new record.
Rhett has said Tangled Up is a risk for him, incorporating a lot of differing styles and departing from the traditional country tropes.
“I definitely had reserves,” the 25-year-old admits. “If ‘Crash’ did not work and was just miserably terrible, I’ve got another batch of songs that we (were going to) cut.”
Luckily, the risk has paid off. “Crash and Burn” hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country chart, and the album debuted at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Though it definitely has some pop elements, “T-Shirt,” a deeper cut from the record, is a little more traditional with its content and style and features Rhett rocking on his electric. Check out that performance in the clip below.
Rhett recently released the music video for the album’s second single, "Die a Happy Man," a sweet tune he wrote for his wife, Lauren. It’s the true story of their relationship (the two met in the first grade) and a tribute to his spouse of nearly three years.
Tangled Up is available now on iTunes.
Watch Thomas Rhett Sing "T-Shirt" on Kimmel
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