Thomas Rhett Drops ‘Things Dads Do,’ Written With His Own Father

Thomas Rhett just dropped a new song, “Things Dads Do,” which he happened to have written with his own father, Rhett Akins, along with Matt Dragstrem and Chase McGill. Rhett debuted the song during a recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

“This is probably my favorite song I’ve gotten to write with my dad,” Rhett said of the song.” I’ve learned so many life lessons from him, and it’s pretty wild to see so much of him in myself now that I’m a dad. It felt like we should go ahead to release it for all of y’all who have been asking since we wrote it and to celebrate all the dads out there!”

Akins performed at the Grand Ole Opry the same night as his son, playing a few of his own hits, including “That Ain’t My Truck,” before joining his son on Rhett’s recent No. 1 hit, “What’s Your Country Song.”

“This is unbelievable,” the proud dad gushed from the Opry stage. “You were over there {pointing to side of stage} at two years old watching me play. We’ve written songs in the kitchen since you were eight years old and now we are singing one we wrote together on the Grand Ole Opry that went to No.1!”

Rhett is getting plenty of practice on learning the things dads do. The Georgia native and his wife, Lauren Akins, are expecting their fourth daughter later this year.

“My wife has wanted five kids for forever, so I’m sure we’re gonna have at least that many,” Rhett previously told People. “I would love a son. But at the same time, I’m so used to embracing this ‘girl dad’ life that I don’t really know what I would do with a boy, to be honest with you!”

Rhett released his latest album, Country Again: Side A, in April. The record became for the singer a culmination of his life and career over the past decade.

“I’ve been reflecting on every album in some capacity, but this one was a little bit different,” Rhett shared with Everything Nash and other outlets at a virtual media event. “I feel like I was taking ten years worth of knowledge from the road to getting married, to being a dad to to then hitting the year 2020. It all just kind of sinks in. It’s like, what kind of person have I been in the last ten years? And so I would say that, as much of this this record is looking back, a lot of it is  a time stamp of today. I think 2020 taught us all so many lessons, whether it was for better or for worse. For me, I really learned how to to slow down, and and really recognize what was in front of me and what my priorities were.”

“Things Dads Do” is available for download here.