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Thomas Rhett Recalls Fortunate Start

March 14th, 2012 by admin

Posted on February 13, 2012 by Dan Harr

Thomas Rhett has had songs he’s written recorded by people like Jason Aldean, Joe Nichols and Scotty McCreery, plus his debut album will be full of songs he’s co-written, but he remembers when he was first getting started being fortunate enough to learn from some of the best.

“My first co-write ever was Bobby Pinson and my dad [Rhett Akins]. Two of some of the greatest songwriters in town and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I was like a child in there. Just sitting back listening to what was going on. So I guess I started to kind of understand what songwriting was about.” A few months after that first writing session Thomas says, “I sat in a room with two of my good buddies, their names are Jaron Boyer and Ben Stennisand and we were sitting there for five hours and nothing came to mind and finally somebody said something like, ‘There’s something about lighting up a Marlboro red,’ and we wrote this song called, ‘I Ain’t Ready to Quit’ which became my first cut on, the now album of the year, Jason Aldean’s last record, ‘My Kinda Party’ and I was like, ‘What is happening?’”

What was happening was that Thomas was well on his way to becoming a successful songwriter with his own new song on the radio that he helped co-write called “Something to Do with My Hands.”