Single Review: Thomas Rhett, "Beer with Jesus"

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August 26, 2012

<a href=”http://www.countryuniverse.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Thomas-Rhett-Beer-With-Jesus.jpg”><img class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-22676″ title=”Thomas Rhett Beer With Jesus” src=”http://www.countryuniverse.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Thomas-Rhett-Beer-With-Jesus-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ /></a>Far better than its title suggests.

Thomas Rhett poses a hypothetical that brings Jesus into the contemporary world, but avoids recreating him in our own image. Every question that Rhett suggests he would ask of Jesus is believable, and I dare say that his belief that Jesus would sit with him in loving conversation instead of harsh judgment for his surroundings is more consistent with the Gospel than, say, Porter Wagoner’s <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yroypJB0XU”>”What Would You Do (If Jesus Came to Your House).”</a>

Rhett’s slightly ragged vocal is charmingly innocent and sincere, like an Eric Church from the right side of the tracks.  The only thing that holds

the song back from me is the second verse, which treads water by focusing on the jukebox instead of the conversation at hand.  But redemption comes with a solid bridge and beautiful final chorus.

The production does such a great job of not getting in the way of the song.   It makes me wonder how many more of today’s country songs I would like if I was able to hear them without interference.   If the singer here believes in Jesus, the producer here believes in his singer.   I don’t know that many souls will be saved by “Beer with Jesus”,  but if Nashville listens to it carefully, they might learn something about saving country music.

<em>Written by Rick Huckaby and Lance Miller</em>

<strong>Grade: B+</strong>

<strong>Listen: </strong><a href=”http://media.allaccess.com:8001/5076/1345652152_strm.mp3″>Beer with Jesus</a>

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  1. Not a bad song, and a nice low-key production, but I’m not very impressed by his voice.

  2. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I agree. This was a lot better than I thought it would be. At first I thought it would just be a shallow attempt to work both beer and Jesus into the same song. The arrangement is pleasant and unintrusive, and the delivery sounds very sincere.

    I was a little surprised by your comment on “What Would Jesus Do (If Jesus Came to Your House),” since I recalled you having commented favorably on that song in the past. Personally, I never really viewed its message as being a harsh ‘Jesus would judge you if he came to your house’ so much as a thought-provoking ‘Would you have reason to feel ashamed if Jesus came to your house?’

  3. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    It’s likely common knowledge by now, but Thomas Rhett is the son of Rhett Akins (“That Ain’t My Truck”).

  4. Kevin John CoyneNo Gravatar says:

    I like both this song and the Wagoner song. Just a different point of view on how we’d act around Jesus, and perhaps a different point of view about what Jesus would truly care about in the first place.

  5. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    PS. This song is quite good. I actually like his voice. It’s rugged, kind of reminds me of Marcel who I like, but has a unique voice.

  6. TomNo Gravatar says:

    …being one of those guys, who would go hands down for the mars bar rather than meeting jesus, if i was asked to choose – just look at the odds – i cannot deny a funny liking for intelligent/ironical “jesus songs”, sentimental or funny santa claus movies and george burns starring as “god”. but leave me also alone with easter rabbits, unless their name is “harvey” and they’re 6.5 ft. tall.

    since this one falls nicely into the category “quite intelligent jesus tunes”, i quite like it, even though i was a bit anxiously waiting to hear the line “love your love the most” somewhere in it.

  7. bobNo Gravatar says:

    I like the song but I agree with OH about his voice which would make me reluctant to ever buy an album of his.

    While I’m sick of all the current crop of songs mentioning trucks, I still do like “That Ain’t My Truck”.

    Since you’re reviewing a song about Jesus, I’ll mention a Burr-Shaw song ,”God and Me”, in which they sit down for tea instead of beer. I prefer Victoria Shaw’s original recording to a recent version by Kristen Chenowith.

  8. Motown MikeNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone else here Reba’s “He Gets That From Me” in here? Just asking.

    Hallelujah!
    A well written country. A song that is written is mainstream pleasing yet has been wrote in the style of a country song. Amazing!

    This however is not the only well written country song out there today. The saving grace here amongst other well written mainstream country songs is that neither a loud, car wreck of a production nor the vocals of a screaming/bombastic singer bog down the material. The restrained 90′s country production and gravely, yet subtle, vocal work allow the strong material to shine bright. It’s as if Jesus himself un-plugged his ears, came down and shouted “ENOUGH ALREADY”!!!

    I’d be excited for the future of Thomas “That Ain’t My Truck” Rhett if his first song weren’t “Something to Do With My Hands”. Maybe mercy will be had on us outcast, traditional country music fans and Thomas Rhett will turn out to be more Chris Young and less Brantley Gilbert, but I’m not holding out much hope for that one. In the mean time though, I’ll put this song into my rotation and hit repeat once and a while.

  9. SweetcheeksNo Gravatar says:

    No matter how good this song otherwise might be, I just can’t enjoy it because Thomas Rhett’s voice is not appealing to my ears.

  10. Mike J.No Gravatar says:

    I kinda heard a bit of “If You’re Reading This” at certain points in this song, but that’s probably just me. Did the Warren Brothers write this by chance?

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