Rhett wrangles the crowd in Oklahoma


Lauren Gaubert, Reporter

Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett performed a fun, upbeat show at the Lloyd Noble Center at The University of Oklahoma on Saturday, March 25.

Rhett has been on his Home Team Tour since February with a variety of opening acts, such as Kelsea Ballerini, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, and a range of up-and-coming artists. The show in Norman, Oklahoma featured Ryan Hurd, Russell Dickerson, and Kelsea Ballerini as openers for Thomas Rhett.

About half an hour after the time on the tickets, Ryan Hurd opened the show. Hurd is a singer-songwriter who has written for Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and other popular artists. Some of his own songs that he performed include “Champagne”, “Love in a Bar”, and “City Girl”. Hurd’s performance was not the highlight of the night, but it was definitely a good way to start the show since he is not as well-known as the other artists. He was on stage for no more than 30 minutes, which was a good amount of time.

After a short wait, Russell Dickerson was the next on stage. Dickerson has opened for other popular country artists and sings the hit “Yours,” which he closed his performance with. Dickerson was a much more enjoyable performance because he interacted with the crowd and sang more songs that the audience knew in comparison with Hurd.

The next act was ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year, Kelsea Ballerini. Ballerini was put on an upbeat performance that kept the crowd entertained for about 45 minutes. It was especially entertaining because Ballerini walked around to each entrance and took photos with fans waiting for the doors to open earlier in the day. Ballerini opened with “Yeah Boy” and continued on with her popular hits including “Peter Pan” and “Love Me Like You Mean It.” She even sang one of her unreleased songs and covers of well-known pop songs. Her performance was the more entertaining out of the three opening acts since she sang well-known songs and interacted with the crowd to make sure that everyone was getting excited for the main act.

Almost half an hour after Ballerini finished her performance, Thomas Rhett finally took the stage. Although it seemed like forever until he came onstage, it was well worth the wait. He opened his show with a remixed version of his hit single “Crash and Burn.” The song started out slow, so it was a little weird, but once it picked up the pace at the chorus, it became much more fun and upbeat. Rhett continued on with songs such as “Make Me Wanna,” “Star of the Show,” and his number one single “Die a Happy Man.”

Halfway through his performance, he played a cute home video and surprised everyone with an acoustic set in the middle of the audience. This was nice because now everybody had a clear view of Rhett. He engaged with the people in front of him, even FaceTiming and SnapChatting people who couldn’t make it to the show.

Rhett ended his concert with a fun cover of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.” His openers and crew pulled a fun prank on him and ran out on stage in carrot costumes to sing with him. It was a perfect way to close the show.

Thomas Rhett is already a huge country star, but he can only continue to rise on the charts from here because he puts on an amazing show that leaves everybody wanting more. The Home Team Tour concludes in November, but he will also attend the 52nd Annual ACM Award Show on Sunday, April 2, where he will perform and is nominated for three awards. Kelsea Ballerini is also nominated for two awards.

Rhett’s new single, “Craving You” featuring Maren Morris will be available everywhere on Friday, March 31.