“Make Me Wanna”
Written by Bart Butler, Larry McCoy, and Thomas Rhett
“Make Me Wanna” is what country music might have sounded like in the nineties if the new traditionalist movement never happened.
The twang is there. How can it not be with Rhett doing the singing? But the production has that smooth Urban Cowboy sound that dominated the country radio dial, updated with the conventions of contemporary production.
So there’s at least something interesting to say about yet another cookie cutter, lovin’ in the backwoods country song. I’m trying to identify another era in country music where the same elements were repeated in so many country songs at one time, but I’m coming up short.
I have a feeling that the artists from this era that end up lasting beyond it will be the ones who make the strongest, cleanest, and earliest breakaway from this overdone theme. Rhett’s better positioned than most because he’s one of the best singers of the new crop. We’ll see.