Thomas Rhett Is Kinda Over Being Asked About His Dad
Growing up in the spotlight of a parent — and then pursuing the same path — can be tricky. Thomas Rhett knows this all too well. While the singer and relative newcomer admires his father, Rhett Akins, and has learned from his talent and work ethic, he's growing tired of being asked about and compared to him.
The "Crash and Burn" singer recently shared with Country Aircheck that "Tell me about your dad," is a question he receives all too often from media outlets, and quite frankly, it's one of his least favorites.
“I love my dad with all my heart,” Rhett explains, “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.’”
Surely, the Georgia native Thomas Rhett would like to follow in his father's footsteps, but it's understandable that he also wants his own identity as an artist and songwriter. The music business may be a family affair, but Rhett is doing a good job standing out on his own with his sophomore effort, Tangled Up, which he admits is unlike anything his dad would have cut.
“Dad’s come a long way, and he’s been super supportive,” Rhett tells Taste of Country. “When I come to him and say, ‘Hey Dad, I’m gonna start dancing in my shows, or we’re going to start wearing suits on Saturdays, on stage.’ Obviously in his head he’s like, ‘There’s no way I would have done that in the ‘90s, but if that’s what you want to do, then you go for it.’”
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