In the past two years, Thomas Rhett has emerged as one of country's most ­promising young artists -- a standout among a crowded crop of acts who routinely incorporate R&B and hip-hop influences along with arena-rock bravado. His 2013 debut, It Goes Like This, yielded impressive rookie stats, including three No. 1s on the Country Airplay chart.

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