Watch: Thomas Rhett Reveals Who His All-Time Favorite Country Artist Is

by Jennifer Shea

In advance of his live performance at the 2020 CMA Awards, country musician Thomas Rhett appeared on “The Bobby Bones Show” and shared who his all-time favorite country artist is.

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Rhett Names His Favorite

Rhett is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards.

But as far as music goes, who’s his favorite country artist of all time?

“I mean, I’ve said it a million times, but Eric Church,” Rhett said. “I think as far as, like, just me growing up and really falling in love with the craft of songwriting. And a guy that can just perform the crap out of a show? It’d be Eric for sure.”

Rhett also revealed his favorite song of all time. He said it’d have to be either “These Boots” by Eric Church or “Misery and Gin” by Merle Haggard.

An Unusual Year for CMA

This year is a big year for Rhett at the CMA Awards. He’ll get to share a room with his favorite musician of all time, Church, who will be at the awards ceremony performing his song “Hell of a View.” Rhett will perform “Be a Light” with Reba McEntire.

The show from the Music City Center in Nashville will mark the first time country’s biggest stars have gathered together in one room this year, WKRN reported. 

The event will feature 11 musical guests, according to Show organizers insist safety is their top priority.

“Although the show will feel a bit more intimate this year, we look forward to hosting our nominated artists and their guests as we celebrate the best of Country music in a fully safe and physically distant environment,” CMA chief executive officer Sarah Trahern said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Rhett agreed “Be a Light” is a song for our times. But he also said music in general can be a source of relief.

“Music can heal people,” Rhett said. “I believe that.”