When your father is Rhett Akins, a lot of people assume you want to be just like him. But Thomas Rhett, Rhett’s son, was the exact opposite. He had every intention of taking a different career path.
“My whole life, I’d always loved music,” Thomas said. “My dad taught me to play basic chords on the guitar when I was about thirteen. He never bought me a guitar, I always played all of his hand-me-downs. I told myself I was never going to do music ‘cause my dad did it. I always wanted to do something different.”
Thomas made some half-hearted attempts at being a musician. His tunes were a far cry from his dad’s country lyrics. “I was in a punk rock band in middle school called The High Heeled Flip Flops and I was the drummer,” he said. “We were absolutely terrible. We made a record in my dad’s living room and our singer sang in a British punk accent. We were just stupid, immature preteens.”
Fate intervened, however, and Thomas got serious about songwriting. Soon his songs were being recorded by Jason Aldean and Joe Nichols, among others. He landed a record deal with The Valory Music Co., the sister label to Big Machine Records, which houses Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts, among others. Thomas will soon release his debut single, “Something To Do With My Hands,” to country radio.