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Songs like Jason Aldean‘s “1994″
don’t just happen overnight. They usually come from a lifetime of loving country music and honing the songwriting craft. At
least, that’s the case with Thomas Rhett, one of the song’s writers.
He’s the son of Rhett Akins, a country singer-songwriter who taught his son well.
“My dad dug out a bunch of home videos
the other day, and I found a video of the first song I ever wrote with dad,” Rhett told me, describing his dad as a walking
jukebox. “We filmed it in the kitchen, and it was called ‘Piece of Wood.’ It’s about building a guitar. And it was horrible.
But I was 7. Music’s always been a gene in me. I played all