Thomas Rhett wants to raise his children to be grounded

ABC/Mark LevineThomas Rhett is opening up about the important lesson that his famous songwriting father, Rhett Atkins, taught him growing up that he hopes to pass on to his three daughters. 

Ahead of Father's Day on Sunday, the country superstar is reflecting on the way that his father -- who's penned hits for Luke BryanBlake Shelton and more -- gave him a sense of normalcy in spite of the fame that surrounded him as he broke into the country music scene in the 1990s with such hits as "That Ain't My Truck."

“Growing up with a dad that sang music, it felt normal to me, but looking back at it, it was kind of a strange upbringing," Thomas says.  "But my dad made life feel very normal even though his life was not. And so I would say that that has been instilled in me."

Now that the "Life Changes" hitmaker is in that same position his father was, he hopes that his own children -- four-year-old Willa, two-year-old Ada and four-month-old Lennon -- grow up with that same sense of grounding.  

"No matter what we get to do, whether traveling around the world and playing shows and then watching me sing, I do want them to stay as grounded and feel like they live as much of a normal life as they possibly can," Thomas expresses. "And so I’m super thankful to my dad for helping me do that, too.”

Thomas was supposed to be on his Center Point Road Tour this summer. However, it's been postponed to 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Cillea Houghton
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Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out Friday

Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out FridayABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion are gearing up to share more new music, and from the snippet they posted to social media this week, the next song they’ve got coming is a flirty, tropical summertime anthem.

“This is one y’all haven’t ever heard yet,” the group revealed on social media, posting a 30-second clip of their new song along with a portion of the lyrics. Called “Everything to Lose,” the tune focuses on the early stages of a new relationship.

“Everything that you do is driving me crazy / Dancing and singing along and it’s catching my ear, catching my eye,” the song begins. “Think that it’s been long enough, girl, you know I ain’t playing / So let’s blow this popsicle stand, girl, and kiss it goodbye...”

“Everything to Lose” will be the first taste of previously unheard music from Old Dominion since May, when they dropped three older songs that they’d written for previous projects but that didn’t make the cut.

The band released their self-titled third album in October of last year. That project includes hits like “Make it Sweet” and “One Man Band.”

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This is one y'all haven't ever heard yet. #everythingtolose is out tonight. #previouslyunreleased

— Old Dominion (@OldDominion) July 2, 2020