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Just For Kix – Posted by: Lucas

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This week's question is from Lucas who writes…

Hi Mr. Brooks,
My name is Lucas and I listen to your show every Saturday on The All New Nash FM 96.9 in Charleston, South Carolina.
I was wondering if Thomas Rhett had a hand in writing the Rhett Akins song “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”  And, I’m curious to know why the Justin Moore version received more radio airplay and became a bigger hit than the Rhett Akins version.  I just wondered how that all worked…
Thank you, sir!

Kix's Response:

Thanks, Lucas. I’m glad you asked about this song – it’s really well-written and is kind of a classic country kind of tune.

To answer your first question, Thomas Rhett did not actually have a hand in writing that one, but his dad Rhett Akins did record it – and it didn’t chart, and who knows why. Rhett is a good singer, but sometimes a song will work for one artist and not for another…  And, Justin Moore brought the right version at the right time.

I think its proof that the country music audience still likes a great song that means something.  It’s sort of like what Vince Gill told me once, "There’s two kinds of songs – songs that matter and zip-a-dee-doo-dah."

Hope that answers your question, Lucas!  Thanks for tuning in, and thanks for writing us!


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