Thomas Rhett, who recently took home the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year award, is continuing to make his own way in country music with the release of his new single, “Craving You.”
The uptempo song, written by Julian Bunetta and Dave Barnes, features ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year winner Maren Morris on vocals and is the lead track from TR’s upcoming third studio album
Nash Country Daily caught up with Thomas Rhett, on the single’s release day, to talk about the new song, working with Maren and to check in on his Home Team Tour.
“The song is basically about a guy who is overwhelmingly in love with this girl,” Thomas Rhett tells Nash Country Daily. “Like I am with my wife, except that I’m singing it to Maren Morris this time. It’s just fun. It’s just a driving uptempo jam that Maren—when she got on the song—just made it twice as good. To have a guy and girl singing this to each other just makes it that much more powerful and emotional. I’m really to see what the reaction is in a week.”
When it came to having a female voice on the song, TR had thought immediately of the “My Church” singer and her vocal prowess.
“I think we knew we wanted to put a female on the song,” Thomas said of the collaboration. “I’ve always wanted to work with Maren, her voice just blows me away. It’s such a powerful, soulful voice. Now that she’s on it, I can’t really imagine anyone else being on it. It’s like, that’s the song. It’s like, it’s her or nobody. I’m really honored that she said yes to do it and she sounds amazing on it.”
TR will head back out on the road to wrap up the first leg of his Home Team Tour, featuring Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson. The tour wraps at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on April 20 and 21.
“It’s really good,” TR says of the tour experience. “It started in February and all we did was rehearse for a month and I just felt like it went by so fast—the last two shows are like next week. Then we pick back up in the fall but it’s a different package. It’s amazing to see people show up at these arena tours. I’ve been doing nothing but opening for acts for the last six years and so now to be a headliner is pretty surreal.”
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