Go ahead and type Center Point Road into your GPS. It’ll pull up a nondescript street in Hendersonville, Tennessee, leading away from Nashville’s suburban sprawl at the north edge of Old Hickory Lake. It won’t mean much to you or me, but for country star Thomas Rhett, there was a time when it was everything.
With 13 smash No. Ones hits, an armload of awards including current ACM Awards Male Artist of the Year, and a growing reputation for electrifying headline tours, he’s spent the last seven years evolving from a kid on Center Point Road into a sonic trailblazer, and country radio’s most-played artist of 2018. Three adventurous album cycles have come and gone, and each time he’s mined his upbringing for inspiration. But now, with what can truly be described as an autobiographical fourth studio album, he’s looking back with renewed clarity.
“It’s kind of getting back to my roots in a way,” Thomas Rhett explains. “Center Point Road is a little street in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and it’s where I did all my growing up – first kisses, first dates, first time driving to school when you turn 16, all the stuff that made me into the person I am.”
The follow up to his Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling #1 album Life Changes, Center Point Road, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, is indeed a return to Thomas Rhett’s roots. All those moments and more are revealed through a series of deeply-personal twists and turns – but this project isn’t about pining for glory days. It’s about knowing where you came from and who you really are, regardless of how much has changed. It’s about pushing forward, chasing crazy dreams and raising a family, and staying true to yourself in the process.