Thomas Rhett Shares Heartfelt New Song ‘Things Dads Do’ — And He Co-Wrote It With His Father, Rhett Akins

Thomas Rhett is keeping it in the family with his new song, “Things Dads Do.” The superstar took to Instagram…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 24, 2020


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Thomas Rhett is keeping it in the family with his new song, “Things Dads Do.”

The superstar took to Instagram on Wednesday (June 24) to share a brand new song that he co-wrote with his father, Rhett Akins.

“I wrote this song with my dad, for my dad and for all the dads out there,” he said, also explaining that he meant to share the song on Father’s Day but didn’t get around to it.

“Better late than never, ” he joked.

The award-winning country star went on to share an acoustic performance of the heartfelt tune, which serves as a tribute to fathers everywhere. A true country story song, “Things Dads Do” tugs at the heartstrings with its simple, yet sweet lyrics.

Click below to listen.

Thomas previously opened up about working with his father, revealing that Rhett is, by far, his favorite person to write songs with.

“My favorite person to write with, as a whole, I think is my dad,” he revealed. “Even though I write with a bunch of other people, my dad and I do have a pretty special bond. Probably because he’s my dad, but he’s also like a really good friend of mine and a really fun co-writer.”

The pair have collaborated on countless songs together, including three tracks on Thomas Rhett’s latest album, Center Point Road. Rhett Akins even joined Thomas Rhett on tour in 2019, opening up his Very Hot Summer Tour with an acoustic set.

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