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Thomas Rhett Learned the Ropes of Songwriting from His Father

Image courtesy of Big Machine Label Group (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Big Machine Label Group (via ABC News Radio)

Thomas Rhett didn't have to look very far for a mentor to help him write his first songs. His dad is '90s country star-turned-hit-songwriter Rhett Akins .

Thomas tells the Erie Times-News , "Probably the first 20, 30 songs I wrote were with my dad. That was just a starting ground for me."

Thomas went on to write with other songwriters in Nashville and had a hand in writing hits for Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice.  Even so, Thomas' first #1 hit as an artist, "It Goes Like This," was a co-write with his dad.

"To share my first number-one as an artist with my dad was one of the coolest things in the world," Thomas says.

Of note, Thomas co-wrote his latest hit, "Get Me Some of That," with rising country star Cole Swindell and guitarist Michael Carter .

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