Kids following their parents’ footsteps is a tale as old as time. Just like a son who inherits the shop his great grandfather started, country music is no exception to families building dynasties of creativity and fame. Some acts join the business all at once. The Band Perry’s sibling trio has become a staple in the genre working together. And the Brothers Osborne. And the Swon Brothers.
But, here’s a look at those who entered the industry after the success of their family members.
1. Roseanne Cash
The eldest daughter of Johnny Cash (and his first wife Vivien), Roseanne reordered her first album in 1978. In 1985 she won a Grammy for her tune “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want.” She was married to singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell for nearly 13 years and the pair have three daughters together.
2. Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett Akins Jr., doesn’t use his full name, but it’s no surprise that he comes from a country hit legacy. His father, known professionally as Rhett Akins, is not only one-third of the hit songwriting trio The Peach Pickers (with Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), but had a successful recording career of his own that led to the No. 1 single, “Don’t Get Me Started,” and the Top 3, “That Ain’t My Truck.”
3. Shooter Jennings
If your dad is Waylon Jennings and your mom is Jessi Colter, odds are there will be some musical talent inherently bestowed upon you. Shooter released his first album, Put the “O” Back in Country, in 2005 and has continued to release a peppering of Top 20 albums ever since. His first single “4th of July” made it to the Top 25 on the country charts, but he has seen little airplay since. Totally outlaw.
4. Hillary Scott
Two thirds of Lady Antebellum are hunky dudes from Georgia, but Hillary Scott brings more than just an estrogen shot to the party, she’s also the daughter of hit maker Linda Davis. The songstress enjoyed a steady career in the 1990s but blew up (pun intended for music video fans) in ’93 when she joined Reba McEntire for the duet “Does He Love You.” Not only did the tune hit No. 1, but it also won the pair the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
5. Hank Williams Jr.
Why does Hank do it? It’s a “Family Tradition”! The singer-songwriter is perhaps the poster child for following in your papa’s footsteps. Bocephus began by his career by singing covers of his father, Hank Williams, songs, but it didn’t take long for him to find his own rowdy voice. Not only has he become a country legend in his own right, Hank fostered two more into the family dynasty. His daughter Holly and son Hank Williams III have each pursued their own creativity ambitions.