Russell Dickerson, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard; Photos By Andrew Wendowski
Russell Dickerson, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard; Photos By Andrew Wendowski

LISTEN: Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard & Russell Dickerson’s New Song “Death Row” Is Based On A True Story

Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Russell Dickerson joined forces for a new song!

On Friday, March 4, the superstar trio of artists shared “Death Row,” a collaborative track that appears on Rhett’s sixth studio album, Where We Started, arriving on April 1. You can preorder the new album now HERE.

The lyrics of the tune detail an experience Rhett, Hubbard and Dickerson shared at a Nashville prison in 2020.

“Yeah, we talked hunting, we talked fishing / Like I do with boys back home / How Jesus is the ticket / And narrow is the road / About how all we need is forgiveness / ‘Fore we see them streets of gold / Yeah, I learned a lot ’bout livin’ from them boys down on death row,” the trio takes turns singing on the chorus.

Listen to the new song below.

What’s The Story Behind “Death Row”?

Co-written by Rhett alongside Ashley Gorley and Zac Crowell, “Death Row” was inspired by a real life experience that took place in 2020 when Rhett, Hubbard and Dickerson took a ministry trip to an all men’s prison in Nashville. During their time at the prison, the trio visited with and play music for nearly 50 inmates, who were awaiting their fate on death row. The three country superstars not only had the opportunity to play music for the inmates, but also learn their stories. 

“We actually went to the men’s prison here in Nashville last Christmas to play some songs for people that were on death row,” Rhett previously explained. The terrifying yet spiritual experience that Rhett shared with Hubbard and Dickerson, sparked the idea for this song.

The trip resulted in this breathtaking tune about their emotional encounter and was a “memory” Hubbard said he will never forget. 

“I don’t know, our hearts and our brains were just kinda rocked and the next week I went in to write with Ashley Gorley and Zac Crowell and said, ‘I’ve got a really strange title for y’all and it’s called ‘Death Row.’ We literally just explained our experience at the prison in a song. It just felt like, I don’t know, something that needed to be said,” Rhett added. 

During a recent interview with Audacy’s Katie Neal, Rhett admitted, “Never in a million years did I ever think that I would have been in that seat… I was honestly a little terrified, you know?”

“We started playin’ songs [for the inmates] and it felt like I was just playing songs to people, that I knew,” Rhett continued to explain of the trip. “One guy got up and sang the most incredible version of ‘Amazing Grace’ you’ve ever heard. It was a strange [yet] spiritual experience… it put life into such a weird perspective and it kinda just reminded me of, I don’t know, just the fragility of life.”

The star-studded trio first teased the track on social media in August 2020, when Rhett, Hubbard and Dickerson shared snippets of the song on their social media accounts.

Additionally, Rhett appears in the first new Fritos commercial in 20-year, where he plays a game of ‘This Or That’ alongside a friend.

The country hitmaker will also be taking the stage at the 57th Academy Of Country Awards on Monday, March 7 at 8/7c alongside BRELAND for a special performance of a song he penned for the rising star called “Praise The Lord.”

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