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If you’re a fan of ’90s country music then you’ll be thrilled to know that it’s alive and well and was the theme for one of the biggest parties so far this year.
Sunday night (January 14), some of country’s biggest names gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Dierks Bentley’s new downtown restaurant and bar, Whiskey Row Nashville. The theme of the night was ’90s country.
Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Ryan Hurd, LANCO, Maddie & Tae, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and more took their turn on stage to perform covers of some of their favorite country tunes from the 1990s. Some of the covers included Shania Twain‘s “Any Man of Mine” by Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi, and Maren Morris singing Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine.” But our favorite moment was when Thomas Rhett took the stage to sing his dad’s hit song “That Ain’t My Truck.”
In case you didn’t know, Thomas Rhett’s dad, Rhett Akins, is one of the most successful songwriters of the last decade. He’s written hit songs for Blake Shelton (“Honey Bee”), Luke Bryan (“I Don’t Want This Night To End”), Jason Aldean (“When She Says Baby”) and Dustin Lynch (“Small Town Boy”), just to name a few. In total, he’s written 18 No. 1 singles, and was named BMI Songwriter of the Year in 2011 and 2014, and he has won two Triple Play Awards for having three No. 1 songs in a 12-month period. No doubt, that’s an impressive resume!
In 1995, Akins released his debut album, “A Thousand Memories,” The album included “That Ain’t My Truck,” a song that would become his signature song even though it never reached the top of the charts.
Fans attending the Whiskey Row Nashville grand opening were in for a treat when Thomas Rhett took the stage to sing “That Ain’t My Truck.” The similarities between the father and son’s vocals are almost eerie. If you close your eyes and listen, you would think that Rhett Akins himself was singing at Whiskey Row.
Hear Thomas Rhett sing “That Ain’t My Truck” below then continue scrolling to hear his famous dad sing his original rendition.