LISTEN: Thomas Rhett and Morgan Wallen Tribute Their Grandmothers On Sentimental New Duet, ‘Mamaw’s House’
The song is featured as a bonus track on Rhett’s just-released ’20 Number Ones’ project.
Thomas Rhett, Morgan Wallen; Photos Courtesy Instagram
Thomas Rhett unveiled his retrospective vinyl collection, 20 Number Ones, to celebrate each of the 20 No. 1 songs he’s earned within just 10 years, and added a bonus track into the mix: “Mamaw’s House” with Morgan Wallen.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Having all these tracks in one place allows fans to re-explore some of their favorite tunes like “Make Me Wanna,” “Die a Happy Man,” “Crash and Burn,” “Unforgettable,” and many more. At the same time, it also gives Rhett the chance to reflect on the entirety of his musical journey and all the years he’s spent working toward fulfilling his dreams.
“To say I feel blessed is an understatement,” Rhett humbly shared in a statement. “It’s been a trip down memory lane looking back on all the life and music I’ve had the chance to share with the fans over the last 10 years. It blows my mind reflecting on all the joy we’ve shared together and the support I’ve had from radio, partners and my team to help get my music out there. I’m so grateful for this journey and can’t wait for the next 10.”
Beginning with his 2012 breakout, “It Goes Like This,” the project is distributed out between two discs and compiles each of the multi-platinum artist’s hits as well as his current single, “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings).” Alongside this release, Rhett also dropped a bonus version of the collection, which includes a previously announced bonus track titled, “Mamaw’s House.”
Rhett recently began teasing his brand-new song, “Mamaw’s House” via social media, and revealed that the track features fellow star, Morgan Wallen. Fans were quick to share their excitement for the mid-tempo tune as it serves as an incredibly heartfelt tribute to the country stars’ grandmas and their irreplaceable love.
Written by Thomas Rhett and Wallen with Matt Dragstrem and Chase McGill, the song opens with an audio recording of Wallen starting a conversation with his Mamaw over the phone. He continues into the first verse and sentimental chorus before Rhett joins in, creating a string of smooth harmonies between the Tennessee native and Georgia-bred country stars. Together, they reflect on their similar experiences of finding comfort among these women who had a profound influence on their lives. Overall, the song which serves as an example of true country music storytelling, finds Rhett and Wallen dreaming of a world where “every town had a Mamaw’s house.”
A Tribute To Their Grandmothers
While discussing the inspiration behind the wholesome track, Rhett shared, “Morgan and I were writing one day and he got a call from his Mamaw. We got to talking and realized we both had a ‘Mamaw’ growing up and so we decided to write a song about that.”
He continued, “The song describes my grandmothers and Morgan’s as well – we wanted to describe a small town piece of paradise. Growing up, I can remember going to both of my grandmothers’ houses in South Georgia. I learned so many life lessons there about hard work, manners, and respect. This song really hits home for me and I hope everyone feels the same.”
Wallen then went on to explain that preaching about his admiration for his late Mamaw Boots has always been an integral part of his life and his career. He even used her former home in Sneedville, Tennessee as the cover art for his latest album, One Thing At A Time. This new song gave him the opportunity to pay tribute to her memory in a way that will forever live on in his catalog of successful tracks.
“Many times in the past I’ve been open and honest about the love I have for my Mamaw Boots. It was only a matter of time before a song was inspired by her,” he shared. “I dedicate this one to not only her but to my living grandmothers as well. I hope they know what a big part they’ve all played in shaping my life. TR had a similar experience growing up so I’m really glad we got to write and record this song together. Hope y’all enjoy it.”
21st No.1 Single
Co-written by Rhett with Julian Bunetta, Teddy Swims and Josh Thompson, the top-charting tune first appeared on Rhett’s sixth studio album, Where We Started as “Angels.” Following its original release, the hitmaker produced a newer version titled, “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings),” which was sent to country radio with an elevated sound that commemorates a love that is unwavering and patient.
Rhett’s delicate delivery of the romantic narrative adds to the highly accredited list of heartfelt tracks that have been inspired by his love for his wife, Lauren.
“I feel like I’ve been pretty known for love songs throughout my career, but I think we did a good job of portraying love from a different perspective on this one, so that makes it really special for me,” Rhett shares via press release. “This is really an ode to my wife, and on a grander scale, this is for that person in everybody’s life that has stuck with them through thick and thin. So thank you to all those people.”
He went on to express his gratitude towards those who played a part in helping him achieve this milestone in his career and also shared a tinge of hopefulness and excitement for what the future holds.
“It’s really cool to have been celebrating 20 number ones this year and now to be celebrating my 21st career number one is crazy. I’m just really humbled and grateful and can’t wait for the next ten years,” Rhett said in conclusion.
Closing Out Tour
This weekend, Thomas Rhett is set to close out his HOME TEAM TOUR 23 with back-to-back shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday (Sept. 29) and Saturday (Sept. 30). For those unable to attend, tonight’s concert will be streamed live at 9:15P CT exclusively on YouTube.
This 40-city trek launched May 4 in Des Moines, IA and hit a total of 27 states including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama and more.
Cole Swindell and Nate Smith are currently serving as support on this popular run.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.