Aside from their status as successful country performers, Thomas Rhett and Walker Hayes have one big thing in common: They're both dads to multiple children. Rhett has four kids, while Hayes is a proud dad of six.

So as he started planning his headlining 2022 Bring the Bar to You tour, Rhett consulted his fellow dad about the logistics of touring with a large family. After all, Hayes is doing it: The family of eight headed out on the road together early this year for the singer's headlining Fancy Like Tour, and they took their two dogs on the bus with them, too.

But just because Hayes can do it doesn't mean Rhett can, or should.

"I actually talked to Walker about that the other day. I said, 'How can I do this?' And he said, 'You can't,'" Rhett recounted to Taste of Country and other outlets recently.

There's a key difference between the two families. Hayes' kids range in age from five to 15, while TR's oldest is six-year-old Willa Gray. His youngest daughter, Lillie Carolina, is just four months old.

"Walker's kids are older. They can eat by themselves. They can use the bathroom by themselves. They can put themselves to bed," Rhett goes on to say. "Mine, on the other hand, are kind of all over the place."

That being said, he's not ruling out the idea of bringing the family out on the road in some capacity.

"I do think Willa Gray and [four-year-old] Ada James are old enough now to travel with me, and to actually let Dad sleep until, like, nine," the singer says. "If the other two were out there, we'd be up at five, and I just — we've done it before, and my voice struggles so bad when we've gotta get up early on the road."

There'll be dates when just the singer's wife Lauren is out on the road with him, he continues, and other, special dates when the whole family comes along for the ride, like when he plays Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in August. But other times, he'll be solo, which will give him a chance to focus on songwriting in between shows.

"And when the kids do decide to come out, we'll take melatonin," he jokes.

Best Country Albums of 2021 - Critic's Picks

This list of the best country albums of 2021 was curated by Taste of Country staff, with help from fans and with consideration of industry acclaim and mainstream accessibility.

The top album of the year is a traditional country record that makes subtle efforts to include more progressive-minded fans. Elsewhere, find projects from a dynamic mix of artists and and visionaries.

Top Country Songs of 2021, Ranked

You'll find much more than just the Top 10 Country Songs of 2021 on this list. Enjoy the 21 best country songs of the year, based on Taste of Country staff and country music fan opinion, plus commercial data (sales, streaming, airplay).

To be considered, the song must have been released in 2021 or have actively charted for a portion of the year (see "Wine, Beer, Whiskey"). New artists including Lainey Wilson, Larry Fleet and Morgan Wade crack the top songs list, while hitmakers including Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Luke Combs make the Top 10.

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