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Thomas Rhett and Dad Rhett Akins Make Country Music History

Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins
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Thomas Rhett is following in the musical footsteps of his dad, singer-songwriter Rhett Akins, and the path seems to be working for him.

The father and son recently made country music history, when five of the Top 10 songs on the country singles chart were written, co-written, or sung by one of them. As far as anyone has established, it’s the first time that has ever happened.

The 23-year-old made the discovery himself. “I remember walking into my publishing company over at Sony the other day and we pulled up the chart and I was asking them where one of my songs was,” Rhett tells GAC. “He was like, ‘Well, this one is at eight. This one’s at seven.’ We started looking and that was when we noticed that there was five songs in the Top 10 that were either written or recorded by me or dad or both of us.”

Included in the five songs is Rhett’s current Top 5 hit, ‘It Goes Like This,’ which he wrote with his famous father. He says he still can’t believe their latest accomplishment.

“He was looking on Google to see if Hank Williams, Sr. and Junior had ever done it,” Rhett adds. “There aren’t a whole lot of words to say how cool it is besides, ‘It’s just really freaking cool.’ It’s one of those things that will never be forgotten, especially by me and for sure by him. I guess we’ll try to get a plaque made or something for the both of us.”

Rhett’s debut album, ‘It Goes Like This,’ will be released on Oct. 29. He is performing several shows in support of the new set of tunes, including a series of gigs in Canada this week. See all of his upcoming concerts here.

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