Don’t Ask Thomas Rhett About His Dad

He Loves Him Dearly, But It’s Usually the First Question

Thomas Rhett loves his dad, Rhett Akins. But he recently admitted to Country Aircheck that his least favorite interview question is, “Tell me about your dad.”

His father, if you aren’t aware, is also a country singer songwriter. He had some big hits as a recording artist in the mid ‘90s, including “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started,” before writing a long line of hits for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Brooks & Dunn, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, Lee Brice and, of course, his son Thomas.

“I love my dad with all my heart,” Rhett said. “But that’s one of the main questions I’ve been asked since I became an artist. To this day, every phoner I do for a radio station, one of the first things is, “I played your daddy’s songs back in 1995.’”

Then again, Rhett himself brings up his dad’s songwriting talent when asked about a song he wishes he’d written. It is Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” which his dad wrote.


“I’m very envious, first of all, of the check (my dad) received,” he says. “But second, that’s one of my favorite country songs of the whole decade.”

The younger singer-songwriter will hit the road during CMT on Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett — Suits & Boots which kicks off Oct. 29 in New York City.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.