"Beer with Jesus" is intended to be a heartfelt ballad. It muses what Rhett would do if given the opportunity to sit over a beer and chat with Jesus.
"It got a ton of controversy, as far as some people thinking that drinking a beer with Jesus is wrong," Rhett said. They miss the point, though, if they don't get the essence - that Jesus likely would sit down like a regular guy and have a regular conversation. And Rhett imagined what he might ask, given the chance.
One question, repeated in the chorus of the song: "How'd you turn the other cheek?"
"I've always been a believer. I grew up in church, and my faith means a lot to me," Rhett said. "I would never write a song that's offensive."
The song has its fans, too, and his record label liked it enough that it released it as a single.
"That was kind of a bold move," Rhett said. "It made a mark - for good or for the bad."
Although the album release and the tour with Aldean keep him busy, Rhett said he is finding plenty of creative inspiration.
"I've written more songs this year, I think, than I did all of last year," he said. "I get a ton of ideas from just listening to rednecks talk."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
What: Jason Aldean with Jack Owen, Thomas Rhett and Dee Jay Silver
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Civic Center
Tickets: $28.75 to $54.75
Info: www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000