’90s Country Singer Rhett Akins Is Now An Award-Winning Songwriter

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Rhett Akins Sang “That Ain’t My Truck” In The ’90s, Now He Writes Hit Country Songs For Other People

It’s The  May 1, 2018 Edition Of The Tuesday Top Five

They say the best songwriters have a wide array of life experiences to draw from. Nashville songwriter Rhett Akins seems to have had a few different lives to draw from.

Coming out of high school, Akins walked on to the football team at the University of Georgia. After just a year, and with a baby on the way, Akins and his wife moved to Texas and Rhett went to work in the oil business.

Singing for friends led to a Nashville move in 1992.

Being in Nashville led to six studio albums with hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “She Said Yes.”

These days, Rhett Akins writes songs for other people to sing and was recently named the 2018 Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year. According to his website, he has had 28 #1 hits over his 22 years in country music.

He gets to play the role of grandfather to Ada James and Willa Gray, while getting to play music and write songs with their dad. The dad that’s named after him and came along before the Nashville move. The one they named Thomas Rhett.

Akins is a member of The Peach Pickers songwriting team along with Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Aside the writing, the trio has opened for Luke Bryan on his Farm Tour and hosts a benefit concert every year at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

We recently debuted a new weekly post on RealLifeSTL, The Tuesday Top Five. Much like the Billboard Top 5: Covered featured cover videos of the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100, the Tuesday Top Five will feature five videos plus a bonus video each week. They could be the top five songs on a chart or five covers of the same song or five covers all performed at the same venue or something entirely different.

Check back each week because you may just find something you’ll fall in love with.

Rhett Akins, who had country hits like "She Said Yes" and "That Ain't My Truck" in the '90s is now an award-winning songwriter. He's also dad to country music star Thomas Rhett.
Rhett Akins, who had country hits like “She Said Yes” and “That Ain’t My Truck” in the ’90s is now an award-winning songwriter. He’s also dad to country music star Thomas Rhett.

The Tuesday Top Five for May 1, 2018 ft. Rhett Akins

#1 “Huntin’ Fishing’ and Loving Every Day” Luke Bryan

Christ Scott Country, Bobby Ford and Murphy’s Ford cover “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day by Luke Bryan

 

#2 “I Know Somebody” LOCASH

LOCASH performs “I Know Somebody” in the Country Rebel HQ

 

#3 “It Goes Like This” Thomas Rhett

Brett Young covers “It Goes Like This” back in 2013

 

#4 “Gimmie That Girl” Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols performs “Gimmie That Girl” on The Bobby Bones Show back in 2013

#5 “Boys Round Here” Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton and the Pistol Annies sing “Boys ‘Round Here” in this music video

 

Bonus Videos

We couldn’t put together something about Rhett Akins the songwriter without sharing some music videos by Rhett Akins the singer.

“That Ain’t My Truck”

“She Said Yes”

 

If you missed last week’s edition featuring Nicolle Galyon, check it out here. 

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