Small Town Throwdown

Album: Just as I Am (2014)
Charted: 67
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  • Gilbert tapped labelmates Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore for this Country-rocker. "Oh, it was awesome," Rhett said to The Boot of working with his Valory Music Co labelmates. "You know, we're the three guys on the label, and so it's just really cool to have, first of all, three of your buddies on a song, and second of all, all three of the guys on your label on the same song."
  • The song was penned by Gilbert and the Peach Pickers, a songwriter team composed of Rhett Akins (Thomas Rhett's dad), Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip. "It's just a throwdown song, a party song," Gilbert told Billboard magazine. "It's when we all get together out in the middle of nowhere – we don't need a club, a cover charge or nothing. Most of the time, you charge somebody three dollars for a Dixie cup, and let them drink a keg all night."


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