Thomas Rhett took time away from getting hammered with Jesus and writing idiotic checklist songs to talk with Cody Alan of CMT’s After Midnite recently, and not so surprisingly, Thomas had some dumb things to say regarding his take on Bro-Country. Rhett told an eager and servile Cody Alan,
“I just have never actually used the term ‘bro country’….”
Wait, wait, hold on for just a second. Before we go any further with the Thomas Rhett comments, let’s take a closer look at this stinker that he tells us right off the bat. Has Thomas Rhett really never used the term ‘Bro-Country?” Because I seem to remember Thomas Rhett specifically setting up a self-defined “Bro-Country” playlist touting “The best of Bro-Country” under his YouTube Vevo account months ago. It included his song “Get Me Some Of That” with other Bro-Country anthems such as Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night”. In fact I used Thomas Rhett’s Bro-Country YouTube playlist as the very first example of how Bro-Country was becoming a term of endearment in an article posted back in April.
Take a peek:
Hey, you want to listen to the Thomas Rhett Bro-Country playlist? Here you go:
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Eh, maybe it was some Thomas Rhett underling that put that playlist together.” Maybe so, but once again we catch a pop country artist trying to play both sides. It’s eerily similar to when Eric Church was asked if he was trying to craft an Outlaw image and he responded, “Oh God. No! Not at all,” and at the same time he was selling an entire line of Outlaw merch in his online store. These corporate franchise artists are so big in size and small of mind they don’t have any idea half the crap their name is on.
But back to this Thomas Rhett interview about Bro-Country, Rhett continues,
The things that we sing about are the things that everybody in this crowd are doing every single night. So I don’t understand why it’s considered bro country. I mean, yeah, I’ve said ‘tailgate’ in a song before, but I actually sit on tailgates and so do those people out there.”
What? It’s considered Bro-Country because that is what people call it.
But of course this has been the problem with the term “Bro-Country” the entire time. The biggest bros like Thomas Rhett and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line (who stuck his own foot in his mouth recently saying, “I don’t know one girl who doesn’t want to be a girl in a country song”) truly believe that everyone in the entire world loves this music and any problems are simply being drummed up by pointy-nosed party poopers. A lot of people sit on toilets too, so why don’t you write about that Mr. Rhett? What is so poetic or poignant about listing off the mundane occurrences of your daily life?
It is true that Bro-Country has made country music more popular than ever. But it has also made country music more polarizing than ever. All of a sudden Dallas Davidson, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and others, they are the ones on the defensive, not the ones trying to save country music from their “Bro-Country” onslaught. Beyond the move to more substance on the radio, beyond the songs from country females decrying their role in modern country music, Bro-Country’s silly “head-in-the-sand” defense to what is happening is the biggest sign Bro-Country is truly circling the toilet bowl.
Tell ’em Otis: