Thomas Rhett has just a handful of dates left on Jason Aldean’s Night Train Tour, but he has spent the last several months soaking in as much of the experience as he can. He makes it a point to watch Jason’s show as well as Jake Owen‘s set.
“I think I might have missed three intros of Jason all year,” Thomas said. “I usually go get offstage, put some shorts on, go watch Jake, go back to the bus and then go back out and watch the intro of Jason. I always watch the first five songs.”
Watching Jason and Jake has given Thomas ideas of what he wants his own headlining tour to look like one day. But more importantly, he has learned what he wants his show to sound like, thanks to Jason’s set list. “I learned to record songs that I believe in,” he said. “Every night he gets up there and he sings ‘1994’ and then he follows it with ‘Big Green Tractor.’”
Thomas is enjoying his first Top 5 hit with “It Goes Like This,” but he’s aiming to get a lot more hit songs under his belt. “To get up there and play 90 minutes worth of humongous hits, I think every artist should strive for [that],” he said. “You want your show to be full of massive hits, because then you never let people go. They’re always engaged and they’re always intrigued.”
Thomas will release his debut album, It Goes Like This, on October 29.