Thomas Rhett’s Wife Lauren Akins Is Way More Interesting Than He Is
Look, Thomas Rhett seems like a really swell guy. You want someone to date your sister or daughter, or watch over the dues payments to your local youth soccer association, who better?
But as a “country” artist, the guy’s got a whole bunch of nothing. Thomas Rhett has the personality of a cinder block. His sole attributes are having a famous father, and being an entirely willing vessel for the marketeers on Music Row to do whatever they wish with him free of personal will like a pop country version of silly putty, which for the most recent portions of Thomas Rhett’s career has been to portray a white boy version of Bruno Mars prancing around on stage to lame pop songs.
It’s not a requisite, but most musicians worth their salt have a screw or two loose, or at least did at one time. It’s their payment for a poetic disposition. But Thomas Rhett is so well-adjusted and affable, there’s just absolutely nothing about him that’s rendered interesting or intriguing whatsoever, even though he’s arguably one of the biggest stars in “country” music at the moment, mostly by hook and crook. Most Americans couldn’t name you one Thomas Rhett song or pick him out of a lineup, but somehow he’s the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year with Carrie Underwood.
Understanding this dilemma that the son of Rhett Akins is basically a blank slate when it comes to personality, the Music Row marketeers have made use of about the only thing interesting and appealing in Thomas Rhett’s life: his wife. For years every time we’ve seen Thomas Rhett performing on stage at one of country music’s stupid award shows, the cameras find Rhett’s wife Lauren Akins almost just as much as Rhett himself. Her likeability rating is through the roof, while people can’t help but look past Thomas Rhett.
Lauren Akins is now one of those people that is famous for being famous, with millions of Instagram followers. She published a book last year called Live in Love. High school sweethearts with Rhett, Lauren got a degree in nursing, and has used her skills to volunteer and advocate for the underprivileged throughout the world, including traveling to Haiti, Honduras, and Uganda, and works with an organization called 147 Million Orphans. She and Rhett adopted a Ugandan orphan in 2017 named Willa Gray.
Now in 2020, Lauren Akins is finally starting to be featured beside Thomas Rhett, as opposed to hiding in his anemic shadow. Because it truth, she’s the star of the show, even though she doesn’t perform. On the CMA Awards in early November, Lauren Akins didn’t just sit demurely out in the crowd like she’s done for the last few years, she actually presented an award. Now she is co-hosting the CMA’s dopey Christmas special on Monday night (11-30) with Rhett (TIP: It’s not worth your time). Next year, who knows, maybe she will host it alone. She probably should.
This isn’t to endorse people who become famous for being famous, or get famous because they’re married to someone who is kind of famous. I’m sure in the coming years, we can look forward to Lauren Akins learning how to make floral arrangements on the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, or debating the finer points of American immigration policy with Whoopi Goldberg on The View, or appearing on some other inane midday time waste. It’s still of no particular consequence to country music.
But following the career path of Lauren Akins emphasizes just how aggressively uninteresting many of today’s top “country” stars happen to be. That’s why much of the media is fixated on their personal lives and spouses. Thomas Rhett is basically a lifestyle brand, with the particulars of his home life being of much greater interest to bored housewives than his music, especially his wife Lauren.
November 30, 2020 @ 11:09 am
I’m pretty sure that she can sing better than Rhett. Maybe a record deal is ready for her.
just ask er if she ever still thinks about Dale shed say every wunse in a wile every wunse in a wile
November 30, 2020 @ 6:21 pm
I dont want yall pickin on thomas rhett hes a good Christian boy just haven fun n all and hell Id luv’ta get’ta see his ole lady nekkid just as much as the rest of yall but dad gum hows about a lil respect for the artest I saw eem play the cowboys half time show a cuppula yeers back and he did a real good job and wuts yur ideer of personality exactly Trigg? sleepin on a futon doin heroin all day in seattle? sorry but not every body dose drugs and party’s like the fokes u give to guns way up to every time they sneez on a recording
December 2, 2020 @ 12:28 pm
Well said my friend. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
November 30, 2020 @ 11:19 am
Haha. When I first saw the commercial for that abomination all of your previous comments on this issue instantly came to mind. Good work, Trigger.
She should be the one writing the songs. How do gems like her settle for nothings like him? Money talks.
November 30, 2020 @ 3:23 pm
You can hear the “duhhhhh” coming out of his stupid face in this picture
December 2, 2020 @ 12:57 am
Thanks, I just giggled and woke up my roommates because of your comment
November 30, 2020 @ 2:59 pm
“It’s not a requisite, but most musicians worth their salt have a screw or two loose, or at least did at one time. It’s their payment for a poetic disposition. ”
I cannot imagine a better quotable saying this year than the one above.
Matter of fact, this whole posting is one for the classics.
December 1, 2020 @ 9:57 am
Perfect quote! It reminds me of one a friend and I have:
“If at least 1 guy isn’t a little f-ed up in your band, your band sucks!”.
November 30, 2020 @ 3:16 pm
I mean damn , thomas Rhett should at least tie her up every once in awhile like Willie did one of his wives!
December 1, 2020 @ 4:30 am
If we are mining the Willie vein of interesting things for Thomas Rhett to do, could we ask him to lie in the street on lower Broadway instead?
Maybe he would make an interesting puddle?
June 8, 2021 @ 10:20 am
This is a stupid comment…
November 30, 2020 @ 3:22 pm
He’s such a fucking gump, a real pud
November 30, 2020 @ 3:56 pm
Actually, if you need help in deciding whether or not to do something like watch their Christmas special (or listen to mainstream country for that matter), it probably is for you.
November 30, 2020 @ 4:24 pm
A guy is nice so he gets bagged on. Some real tabloid stuff here.
November 30, 2020 @ 4:42 pm
Thomas Rhett isn’t getting bagged on for being nice. He’s getting bagged on for bad and boring music, in spite of being a nice guy.
November 30, 2020 @ 4:49 pm
What your saying is he just ain’t a character. You gotta admit, most of the country stars of the past were real “characters” in every sense. Hank Williams Sr, JR, III, all characters. Willie Nelson, Waylon, Merle, Cash, Coe, Paycheck….big time personality ‘s and lord, they were characters. Even the old timey guys like Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Roger Miller,, Marty Robbins, all had really interesting back stories and definite personality, and they had it in spades. How about George Jones? Fascinating character.
Interesting observation Trigger. You are right about Rhett, but I think the same could be said about so many of these modern day radio prima-donnas, they just aren’t interesting and they would never be considered “characters”. The Sam Hunts, Florida Georgia Posers and so on….
November 30, 2020 @ 5:26 pm
As I have said before,they have no life experiences.
November 30, 2020 @ 6:55 pm
Well if they have no life experiences then surely they can sing about how empty and lonely their lives are! They would be some true country songs!
November 30, 2020 @ 7:02 pm
I replied to your comment Kevin although it got posted on its own although I swear I clicked the right button!!!
November 30, 2020 @ 7:05 pm
I replied to your comment Kevin although it got posted on its own although I swear I clicked the right button!!!
November 30, 2020 @ 6:07 pm
I mean, look what God Gave Her : the charisma and star power of Bob Hope. She’s hosting everything these days.
November 30, 2020 @ 6:24 pm
Trig, thoughts on Russell Dickerson?
He literally posted on social media that “when I grow up, I want to be Thomas Rhett” on one of Thomas’s posts on Instagram a few months ago.
Russell involves his wife in many things, she directs his music videos too.
I guess anyone after that “lifestyle brand” needs to perform with Chris Tomlin..
Thoughts on Chris Tomlin?? He recently sang at the Opry, he had a big goof at the beginning of his set.
November 30, 2020 @ 6:34 pm
Meh, and meh.
November 30, 2020 @ 6:38 pm
Russell I think is much more “aggressive” in that lifestyle brand.
He seems thirsty & desperate for attention.
At least Thomas seems chill & doesn’t force his wife down our throats. It’s just expected that she’s by his side at all times.
Russell seems to force it
November 30, 2020 @ 7:01 pm
On the Russell/Chris Tomlin connection: Russell used to be Chris’ guitar tech years ago, so their duet was supposed to be like a full-circle moment at the Opry,
December 3, 2020 @ 7:36 pm
Russell Dickerson and Dustin Lynch are the most annoying guys in mainstream country. “Ridin Roads” is one of those songs where I immediately change channels….
December 4, 2020 @ 6:05 am
And now, Dustin Lynch is wearing some stupid disguise like Prince did in the early 90s in that “My Name is Prince” video, calling himself Orville Peck. Don’t get me started on Russell Dickerson, dude looking like a guy who was the class douchebag back in high school in the late 80s-early 90s.
November 30, 2020 @ 6:49 pm
All the stories about the old country artists’ antics off of stage are cool but I think it’s the character on stage that counts. Yes a lot of the country artists were probably fantastic at putting on a show for the audience because they had a screw loose as trigger says (Cash, Jennings, Paycheck etc.) But then artists like Conway Twitty and Ernest Tubb who you might say were a bit boring in the way they lived and performed still made a massive connection with the audience when they performed because they sang about feelings and situations which people could connect to. They sung with feeling – you can hear the raw emotion in their voice – they were good at portraying a character on-stage. It’s all about singing a good song and matching it with the right on-stage presence and nobody can do it nowadays!!! (Apart from Lindi Ortega, Nikki Lane and Whitney Rose in my opinion.) Anyway I’d rather an artist be true to themselves and be ‘boring’ in the way they portray their image as it’s more interesting than them picking a stereotype to try to show how badass they are or how wonderfully they live their lives. It’s the songs that matter. Haha I just remembered there’s a YouTube clip of Conway Twitty saying something along the lines of the key to a hit was to focus 99% on the song and 1% on the singer’s image – the key to a hit nowadays seems to be the reverse!
December 1, 2020 @ 9:20 am
Out of the three gals you named , I would agree that Nikki Lane is a character. Ortega comes across more an introvert. Gifted,, yes.. Rose is talented but seems to be still trying to find a distinct identity. None of the three even register a blip in the mainstream, however. In terms of this article, im talking about mainstream performers. In the Americana, Alt-country, Ameripolitan world, there is no shortage of colorful characters. Take for example, 3 we lost this year, Prine, Jerry Jeff and Shaver. Could there be bigger characters than those guys? Fascinating, in their own unique ways. But they were decidedly non-mainstream.
To clarify, I think sheer musical greatness can overcome lack of interesting character. For example, I would never call George Strait, a character. But he does have a decent voice, fantastic band, and an enviable catalog of song interpretations to his name.
Character to me doesn’t necessarily mean bad or shady. Its more in the personality and how the artist is perceived and how they present themselves.
Thomas Rhett, is vanilla all the way, as Trig points out. Just nothing intriguing to grab you, and the music is just bland and devoid of creativity or inspiration.
December 1, 2020 @ 2:03 pm
I think Lindi Ortega and Whitney Rose are interesting characters but then I’m quite introversive myself so that’s probably why I connect so much with what they sing about – and I think their singing styles are really interesting and grab you. I agree there’s nothing to grab you with Thomas Rhett’s music and singing style – it’s just boring and forgettable music.
November 30, 2020 @ 8:25 pm
Thomas Rhett isn’t just a boring artist. He’s also a terrible “songwriter.”. So many of his songs are way too wordy. He crams too many words into his verses. That to me is why he always sounds like he’s rushing through his songs. His verses have so many words he can’t even keep up with them.
November 30, 2020 @ 9:33 pm
I don’t think that that’s a real issue…
It’s more that his production is pop/ bland or that his songs are too sappy.
He has some decent song lyrics like “Remember You Young” , “Beer with Jesus”, even ” Die a Happy Man” is a well written song. “Sixteen” is decent too.
Better production is what TR needs to focus on for the future. His next album is supposedly more “rootsy”…. Who knows? But I do believe it appears that TR isn’t trying to be the Bruno Mars of Country anymore.
November 30, 2020 @ 11:38 pm
Trig or anyone really:
Does anyone know why the RoughspStock website doesn’t provide weekly album/single sale numbers anymore?
Matt Bjorke stopped since Covid hit in March… But why is such data unattainable still? It would be great to see album and single sale data. Are there any other options that have no pay wall ??
November 30, 2020 @ 11:44 pm
Ultimately, sales numbers and charts are proprietary intellectual property of the entities that put forth the effort to compile them. That’s why I don’t post regular numbers here. I will use sales numbers in stories that expound on their impact, but posting sale numbers verbatim like Roughstock did (rounded to the nearest 00) was walking a thin line. Don’t know why he stopped.
December 1, 2020 @ 11:07 am
That’s because Matt Bjorke, as a loyal foot soldier, takes orders from the corporate music cabal. The cabal does not want the general public knowing their product they try to push on them is not selling to their liking. Thus, they don’t want sites like Roughstock making that too well known.
December 1, 2020 @ 1:26 am
”Most Americans (or Canadians , I’d add ) couldn’t name you one Thomas Rhett song or pick him out of a lineup, but somehow he’s the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year with Carrie Underwood.”
no disrespect to your well-researched lowdown on lauren , trigger , but this quote says it all when it comes to the joke that is ‘country’ music in 2020.
June 8, 2021 @ 10:17 am
Oh yes they can! You are wrong.
December 1, 2020 @ 6:26 am
The picture of her in this doesn’t do her justice- she looks very outdoorsy in a web search, which I did because I had never heard of her-
December 1, 2020 @ 11:13 am
any chance she does some noodlin in a bikini top and cutoffs, like hannah barron?
December 1, 2020 @ 7:15 am
I’m not a fan of his music, but I wish he and his growing family well. They seem like decent folks.
December 1, 2020 @ 9:07 am
So, Thomas Rhett is basically the country music Marc Mero.
December 1, 2020 @ 4:52 pm
Sable and Vince McMahon freaking destroyed Marc Mero’s career. I loved him as Johnny B. Badd / The Wildman. But then they put that stupid boxer gimmick on him and pushed Sable to the moon, when they already had a top female star in Sunny, who had more talent in her fingernails than Sable had in her whole body!!
December 1, 2020 @ 7:14 pm
Trig, some Jon Pardi news for you…
Next week is push week for Ain’t Always the Cowboy , according to Chris Owen via Twitter. This means it will likely peak at #4 or #3 on mediabase.
A bit disappointed, wish it could go #1 but still pretty impressive for a fiddle infused song at radio.
Oddly enough, this song always gave me Troubadour/How Bout Them Cowgirls Strait feels & both of those songs peaked within Top 10 but never #1 for George..
(Be prepared, Tequila Little Time will be the next single)
December 3, 2020 @ 6:29 am
Those first lines are gold.
December 3, 2020 @ 6:24 pm
Thomas Rhett has always reminded me of Eddie Rabbitt. Kind of similar in their style/appearance, and they both made pop music played on country radio.
Karen L Fischer
December 3, 2020 @ 7:33 pm
Whoever wrote the original post here is so full of hate that it seems to be overflowing and spreading to everyone else. Spits venom like a snake. Extremely sad. Like we don’t have enough problems in this world.
December 4, 2020 @ 1:04 pm
People like you, who push your narrative of kindness in everyone’s face with the niceness facade, make me laugh. I’m pretty sure you have a “Live Laugh Love” mural on your living room wall and make poses with “bE kINd” ad nauseum in 95% of the posts you make. In reality, people like you are the most spiteful, hateful, angry, and jealous people I have met. Hypocrites, the lot of you!!
December 3, 2020 @ 8:20 pm
First and foremost, when trying to talk trash on someone please learn how to spell their last name correctly (4th paragraph)!This is the biggest joke article I’ve ever wasted my time reading. TR and Lauren are both genuine great people. His music is more poppy then old school country but then again so is everyone who’s popular in country music right now! Shame on you for this negative article, seems to me someone is a little jealous of someone.
December 5, 2020 @ 6:47 am
You try to rag on Trigger for his spelling inaccuracies, but:
“TR and Lauren are “genuine” great people.” It’s “genuinely.”
“His music is more poppy “then” old school country…” It’s “than.”
Punctuation is also lacking as well in your post. Hypocrisy much??
December 5, 2020 @ 7:17 am
Mikey, I’m not saying my punctuation is perfect. I don’t write articles were it should be up to par but thank you.
I’m saying before you try to be a bully and negative towards someone just learn how to spell their name. That’s all.
So again, thank you for bringing up my mistakes when I start writing for websites I’ll make sure to work on it.
December 4, 2020 @ 2:26 pm
Recorded the special and zipped through it. Kelsea Ballerini doing Santa Baby was the highlight. And Thomas Rhett’s fam is very cute. That was about it….
June 8, 2021 @ 10:13 am
WOW, what a bunch of JEALOUS dudes replying her. Thomas Rhett is so cute/handsome and DOES have a great personality. There was more than one reason that Lauren fell in love with him. He is a great songwriter AND singer! His band does not suck, they are wonderful also. I bet those that are giving him heck could not stand up to him for a minute! He is a wonderful Christian man that has his priorities straight, His love for his wife is evident in is songs. He is a really great write and he does not use his Dad’s stardom to piggy back on. There are many reasons he he famous and has #1 songs.
Way to much negativity in this world. The Thomas Rhett Akins family are wonderful, kind and very generous. If you should decide to reply to this negatively it only proves my point!
YAY for Thomas Rhett and family! Keep writing your songs and making hit records!
Love you Thomas Rhett and family.