OFFSTAGE: Thomas Rhett: "It’s Not Even About the Beer"

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OFFSTAGE: Thomas Rhett: "It’s Not Even About the Beer"

Published on March 11, 2013 by CMT News

Thomas Rhett
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

Jesus plays a part in hundreds of country songs. So does beer. But the minute you put the
two together, Thomas Rhett told me, not everyone thinks it’s such
a great idea. So he’s heard some varying opinions about his current single “Beer
With Jesus.”
When we caught up on Friday (March 8) before his Chicago show, he told me how the song touched a lot of people
but how other people focused too much on the beer part. “When you talk about God in a song, everyone’s got a different opinion
on it,” he said. “But if you really listen to it, it’s not even about the beer.” He explained to me that “beer” is almost
like code for “catching up.” When he isn’t touring, Rhett goes back home and gets texts from his buddies asking to go grab
a beer. “And that’s not like, ‘Hey do you want to go get hammered?’” he explained. “It’s like, ‘Do you want to catch up and
talk?’” Plus, he said some of his best memories from college were ones where he sat around a bonfire with friends, talking
about things that mattered. And when he wrote the song, that’s what was on his mind. One of his co-writers asked Rhett, “What
if you could invite Jesus to your bonfire, and you could pick his brain, and ask him if you were living life right.” But even
though the song paints a picture of a very meaningful night out with Jesus — “Heaven knows, I’d sip it nice and slow” and
“I’d be sure to let Him do the talkin’” and “I’d put my whole paycheck in that jukebox” — Rhett confessed he’d never have
the guts to say anything to Him under those circumstances.

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