Thomas Rhett Recalls Hilariously ‘Terrifying’ Experience on His First Tour With Toby Keith

by Emily Morgan

With a new album and subsequent tour ahead, Thomas Rhett is reminiscing on the early days of his career. During a recent interview, the “Country Again” singer spoke with Audacy’s Rob + Holly about a time that left him terrified. 

Ahead of his Friday Night Takeover on the radio show, Rhett shared a story about a moment that has stuck with the singer forever. 

In 2012, as Rhett was garnering traction, he joined Toby Keith’s ‘Red Solo Cup’ Hitmaker’s Headlining Live in Overdrive Tour. While it was a chance of a lifetime, Rhett says that he was gravely ill while touring. 

“It was my very first tour I’d ever been on… I was so sick. The doctor told me I had tonsillitis caused from like, mono… on this last show of the run my tonsils were so big in my mouth. They were touching each other in the back of my throat,” Thomas Rhett said. However, Keith wasn’t so sympathetic.

“I was like, ‘Toby, I’m not going to be able to play tonight, man. I’m too sick, I can’t sing.’ In a roundabout way of using some other language, Toby said, ‘Well, it’s alright man, I had my gallbladder taken out early today so if you want to be a pansy about it, be my guest.'”

Thomas Rhett Eager For Fans to Hear New Side of Him

Nearly a decade later, Thomas Rhett is set to release his fifth album: Country Again: Side A, on April 30. The first installment of the album, Side A, will give fans a vulnerable glimpse at his country music journey before becoming a country music star.

Acting as an ear-pleasing evolution of his career, the first half of his double album will be available starting on April 30. It features 11 new songs, including his single “Country Again,” plus hits like “What’s Your Country Song?,” “Want It Again,” “Growing Up,” and others. 

While we can’t say for sure if he’s bringing Toby Keith along, he also set to embark on The Center Point Road Tour beginning on August 13, 2021, in Orange Beach, AL. The tour will hit 23 U.S. cities. 

“I just can’t wait for you to get your hands on this album because I do think it’s some of my best work I’ve ever done,” Thomas Rhett, this year’s ACMs “Male Artist of the Year” winner, said about his new music.