Thomas Rhett kicked off his Hometeam Team tour over the weekend with special guest Kelsea Ballerini. Thomas worked hard in planning and prepping for his first major headlining tour to make sure fans get their money's worth, and he tells us Kelsea is a big component in achieving that goal. [“You know Kelsea, a lot of people don’t know this but we actually went to the same university. I think we were there for maybe six months at the same time but I kind of dropped out early before graduating and then and so did she. So we kind of have this shared common thing about, you know, getting halfway through college and then wantin’ to write songs and get a record deal. You know over the years my wife . . . my wife is way better friends with her than I am, which happens a lot of the time with a lot of people. My wife is a very easy person to get along with, but I’ve just gotten to know her over the past couple years and just watching her career explode the way that it has, three or four number ones in a row, to me just one of the most likable people that you could be around and great performer, great entertainer, great vocalist. I just really wanted a very, very strong female position in that middle slot. And Kelsea definitely is going to fulfill that role and I just know that you know our shows are going to be made better because of that.”] SOUNDCUE (:48 OC: . . . because of that.)
The Hometown Team tour also features newcomers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd.
The tour plays in Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota this week.