It’s discussed and debated every single day in the country music community — the immense evolution the format has undergone in the past few years. Country radio and tours today look completely different from what they did a generation ago in the 1990s. There are much more pop and urban influences, and the production is filled with light shows, expansive stages and booming sonics. But if you think the two can’t live together harmoniously, you might want to guess again.
Thomas Rhett’s die-hard fans know that his dad had a run of country music fame back in the early ’90s. Rhett Akins was just as dreamy then as his son is now, but his songs were decidedly more country, filled with fiddle, steel and acoustic guitar. Rhett was clean cut in boots and a cowboy hat, and he co-wrote his hits. He also established himself as enough of an icon from that era that his songs are still played on classic country stations. And now he writes hits for Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and even his own son.
His son, Thomas Rhett, on the other hand, generally produces songs that are heavily pop- and urban-influenced with groovy arrangements and hooky lyrics with the occasional drum loop. He’s in skinny jeans and sneakers with a sexy mop of hair and facial scruff. He’s also rapidly becoming the gold standard for diverse young artists in country music who can tackle just about anything.
You might be thinking they’re oil and water, but actually, they’re quite a lot a like when it comes to being first-class entertainers. And while Rhett has traded in his cowboy hat for a ball cap, he’s just as much in demand now as he was then, and he’s still as dreamy.
Packed out shows in Dublin, Belfast and London where Rhett performed with just a guitar show that country music fans across the pond don’t much care if there’s fiddle or drum loops as long as the music is good.
This isn’t the first time that Thomas Rhett and dad Rhett have shared the stage. In fact, they’ve been doing for practically the junior country star’s entire life. Just watch the video above to check it out!