Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts | Billboard

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Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he’s jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett’s natural ease at singing and songwriting.

“I feel like I’ve really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,” Akins said.

“And it seems like it has just been pouring out of his mouth since he was at least 17 or 18, like just way more natural at it. And I don’t know if that’s just the way that he was born or just a combination of that he was born with talent and grew up on a tour bus, and grew up backstage, and grew up listening to all my demos and records. It’s just probably a combination of both of those.”

Father and son singer-songwriters aren’t that unusual in country music. Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare and Steve Earle all had sons who followed along similar musical paths.

But none have taken over the country airwaves at the same time like Akins and Rhett, who releases his debut album “It Goes Like This” on Tuesday. The two combined for songwriting credits on five of the top 10 songs on country radio earlier this month.

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