Thomas Rhett says a collaboration with his hero, Eric Church, is on the radar

'He’s always been one of my heroes in this genre'
Eric Church and Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett has made it clear he’s a big fan of Eric Church. With mentions of Country music’s “Outsider” on two tracks from his latest album, Country Again: Side A, it’s also clear Rhett is a fan of singing about the Chief, so what about singing with him?

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Rhett revealed a collab with Church is on the radar and we’ve lost all our ability to play it cool.

“He’s always been one of my heroes in this genre, and recently, over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten to become pretty good friends with Eric,” Thomas told Audacy’s Gunner and Cheyenne. “We’ll bounce songs off each other. I’ll send him a song of mine, he’ll send me a song of his — really looking for that collaboration one of these days, I think it’s going to work out in the next couple of years.”

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So what is it about Country music’s rule breaker that is so appealing to Rhett?

“Every time I listen to Eric’s music I go back to being 16 years old,” Thomas shared. “He’s just a nostalgic name in our household. He’s mine and my wife [Lauren Akins’] favorite artist. Me and Lauren share a lot of memories going to see him in our high school days, in our college days… he really does represent a lot of memories from our childhood.”