Most new artists don’t know what it’s like to live on a tour bus and travel from city to city until they actually launch their careers, but Thomas Rhett has been living that lifestyle since childhood thanks to his dad, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.
“I remember going on the road with dad a whole lot,” Thomas says. “I remember being that kid that wanted to ask dad to write me a doctor’s note on Thursday so I could get out on a Friday and hop on the bus.”
Rhett even let Thomas join him onstage playing drums or helping him out on hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started.” Thomas wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
He adds, “Now that I’m actually doing what he did, there hasn’t been a whole of things I haven’t seen before, which was kind of nice.”
These days, Rhett often goes on the road with Thomas to write songs and offer advice.
“It’s just really cool to have not only a dad, but a mentor and a friend to have kind of helped me along in the process, and him always being side stage right when I come off either saying, ‘That was awesome,’ or critiquing me for thirty minutes,” Thomas says. “It’s just been a cool ride.”
Thomas and Rhett recently used their star power for a good cause. The father and son headed down to their hometown of Valdosta, Georgia to perform a benefit concert raising $40,000 for Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The show was staged in honor of Thomas and Rhett’s little cousin, Sophie, who has been diagnosed with the disease.
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