Thomas Rhett surprised fans with the official release of two new songs, “Growing Up” and “Want It Again” along with announcing his plans to release a DOUBLE album project titled Country Again Side A & Side B. Side A is set to be released on April 30, and Side B later this year. Fans can pre-order Side A now here. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music and the big announcement.
First up of the new releases is, “Want it Again”. The song tells the story of two people that fall in love at a young age but just like everyone always warned, it just didn’t last. This story goes through the different stages of connection between these two. First, they’re young and in love and when things don’t work out, they figure someday they might find their way back to each other. They move on with other people but somewhere in the back of their mind they’re still thinking of the other and thinking that maybe one day they’d be together again. When those other relationships don’t end up lasting either, they lean on each other’s shoulders to get through those breakups and eventually find their way back into each other’s arms, admitting that they always knew they would.
“You moved on and so did I / But you danced around in the back of my mind / Yeah good for you, he seems like a good guy / Well you know me enough to know that’s a lie”
The track was written by Rhett along with frequent co-writers Josh Miller, Josh Thompson, and Matt Dragstream. The story of the subjects in the song can very much compare to the true story of Thomas Rhett and his now-wife Lauren Akins. As told in her book, ‘Live in Love’, The two dated in high school after being neighborhood and family friends for the majority of their lives. They decided they were better off friends and stopped seeing each other. Throughout the rest of high school and onto college, they remained friends, but each moved on and found themselves in serious relationships with other people. When those relationships ended, they leaned on each other to get through those breakups and ultimately found themselves back in the arms of their friend and once young loves.
“Girl I knew someday you’d find, your way back into my arms / So girl I kept this heart of mine / Somewhere good and safe, I knew you’d want it again someday / I always hoped and prayed, that you’d want it again someday”
The next track released is “Growing Up”. As fans can imagine, the title gives the gist of the story behind the song away. “Growing Up” reminisces on the lessons you learn as you get older, and that continues to happen through different stages of your life. Rhett shares that this song describes his own life and what he has come to realize as he sees himself growing up. It’s not to say that growing up is a single era of one’s life, but more that it is a continuous learning experience.
“Guess you get a little older, get a little wiser, a little more turn that cheek / little less what I want and more what I need, these days I / Still get a little crazy, in a lot of ways I’m still the kid I was / Just a little less temper and a lot more love / I guess I’m growing up”
“Want It Again” and “Growing Up” join the previously released track “What’s Your Country Song?”, which is currently sitting in the Top 5, on Rhett’s Side A project as it currently stands. Check out the full Side A tracklist below and get your pre-order here.
COUNTRY AGAIN: SIDE A TRACKLIST:
1. “Want It Again” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, Josh Thompson
2. “Growing Up” | Thomas Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller, Josh Thompson
3. “What’s Your Country Song” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Parker Welling
4. “Where We Grew Up”* | Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird, Josh Miller
5. “Heaven Right Now” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson, Laura Veltz
6. “To The Guys That Date My Girls” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
7. “More Time Fishin’” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Josh Thompson
8. “Country Again” | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
9. “Put It On Ice (featuring Hardy)”+ | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson
10. “Blame It On A Backroad” | Thomas Rhett, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
11. “Ya Heard” | Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Matt Dragstrem, Chase McGill
Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure
+Produced by Dann Huff and Matt Dragstrem
*Produced by Dann Huff
Although no official tracklist for Side B has been released yet, we can assume that fans will see even more songs that the artist has previously shared on social media throughout the past few months. Unreleased songs like “Your Momma’s Front Porch”, “Things Dads Do”, “Bass Pro Hat” and “That’ll Be Us Someday”, kept fans on their toes as Rhett consistently took to Instagram to tease new music. Now, only time will tell which songs will make the official cut on the second album.
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“Growing Up” and “Want It Again” are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.