How 14 Writers Penned One Thomas Rhett Song

"Vacation" Co-Writers List Includes Members of '70s Funk Band War

This is Thomas Rhett, doing the right thing.

It may look odd at first glance to see the long list of writers on his new single “Vacation,” from his 2015 Tangled Up album, but when you hear him describe why the list is what it is, it all makes perfect sense.

“When we finished writing ‘Vacation,’ you couldn’t deny that the first thing you thought of was ‘Low Rider,'” he said of War’s hit funk song from 1975. “So the best thing to do in these situations is just to go straight to the people that wrote that song and be like, ‘Hey, we wanna make you co-writers on this song.’”

Which is what he did.

So now the list of writers includes Rhett, plus the members of War (Charles Miller, Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen, Harold Brown, Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott, Leroy Jordan), plus Jerry Goldstein (who produced the original songs) plus the writers and producers and other guys Rhett worked with to build the track: Sean Douglas, Andreas Schuller, Joe Spargur, Ricky Reed and John Ryan.

“When you look at somebody like Pharrell and Robin Thicke getting sued because of a drum pattern, it makes you scared to death to put something that remotely sounds like something,” Rhett admitted. “So, I mean, no one’s going to make any money off that song, but it’s one of my favorite, most fun songs on the record.”

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