By Pepper

As the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett grew up around the industry, but still says he’s more than willing to accept fatherly advice from his dad.

“Dad has always just been like such a constant when it comes to me and my live show,” Thomas reveals in a statement from his label. “A lot of that comes from me just growing up watching him play so many shows as an artist.

“But he is the sole reason on a lot of shows where I have not completely had a panic attack,” he confessess. “Like, I’ll walk off stage and know that I did not play my best show and he’s always the first one to be like, ‘Yeah, you know, a couple of things were pretty rough. But overall it was good.’

“He’s always been that calming presence and always been the guy that says, ‘Why don’t you try swappin’ these two songs and see what happens,’ or ‘It’s alright, we’ll write it. Don’t worry that we don’t have your first single, we will make it happen one way or the other,'” he continues. “So always just really just being such an encouragement and somebody when I’m feeling like, ‘What is happening right now?’ he’s always that person to come in and be like, ‘It’s gonna be fine.’”

Thomas Rhett will be celebrating his first Father’s Day as a dad this year, as he and his wife Lauren recently adopted a little girl.

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