A bunch of country stars got together at Dierks Bentley’s invitation Sunday night, Jan. 14, in Nashville to sing some ’90s country hits and help him break in the stage at his new downtown honky tonk, Whiskey Row Nashville.
Dierks got things started singing classic songs from Aaron Tippin and Alan Jackson. Cole Swindell was up later in the night singing Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It” and Brothers Osborne kept the Alan Jackson train rolling with their take on “Chatahoochee.”
Only one country artist had a direct connection to their ’90s cover song choice, though.
Thomas Rhett broke out his dad Rhett Akins’ 1994 hit, “That Ain’t My Truck,” for this spot-on cover performance.
For a minute, we thought Dierks was going to join Thomas on the song, but Dierks quickly decided he’d just let Thomas take it. He did, however, come out behind Thomas at the top of the song and raise his hands up to get the crowd to applaud. Thomas then played “That Ain’t My Truck” like he’d been singing it all his life, which he has.
Thomas did get another little assist from Dierks on the lyrics, though. Dierks was kind enough to hold up Thomas’s phone with the “That Ain’t My Truck” lyrics on it so Thomas wouldn’t screw up his dad’s song.
This isn’t the first time Thomas has covered “That Ain’t My Truck.” At an April 2016 show at a nightclub in Atlanta, Thomas brought his dad out for a duet on the song as well as the hit Rhett co-wrote for Blake Shelton, “Boys ‘Round Here.”
They performed the song together again in April 2017 as Thomas headlined one of his two sold-out shows at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville.
Thomas and Rhett also teamed up for a new collaboration called “Drink a Little Beer” on Thomas’s latest album, “Life Changes.” The down-home tune has a feel similar to Alabama hits like “Dixieland Delight,” and you’ll want to stick around for the breakdown at the end of the track. That’s when Thomas and Rhett trade a few good-natured barbs, with Thomas saying, “It’s so weird having my dad on a song right now considering he’s 50.” Rhett quickly shoots back, “Uh, 47.” Thomas continues, “I think he’s gonna make a comeback album, and this is the start of it.”
Rhett adds, “I taught you everything you know, son, but not everything I know.”
Rhett’s lessons to his son have obviously paid off big time. Thomas’s album, “Life Changes,” is up for the Best Country Album trophy at the Grammy Awards coming up Jan. 28 on CBS. The project chronicles Thomas’s whirlwind 2017 as he and his wife, Lauren, adopted their daughter, Willa, in May shortly before Lauren gave birth to their second daughter, Ada, in August.
Thomas tells “The Tennessean,” “There has never been a bigger year [in my career] and just a year of more firsts. The Grammy nomination is just the cherry on top.”