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Story Behind the Song: Gretchen Wilson, ‘Work Hard, Play Harder’

In October of 2009, Gretchen Wilson released "Work Hard, Play Harder" as the lead single from her 2010 album, I Got Your Country Right Here. The tune reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (No. 18) in June of 2010, becoming her first Top 20 single since 2005. Inside, Wilson tells The Boot about co-writing "Work Hard, Play Harder" with John Rich and Vickey McGehee.

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Story Behind the Song: Brad Paisley, ‘American Saturday Night’

Before he released "American Saturday Night" as an official single, Brad Paisley earned spots on the Billboard Hot Country Songs (No. 59) and Bubbling Under Hot 100 (No. 21) charts with the tune due to unsolicited airplay. In November 2009, the singer officially made the song his third single from his sixth studio album, also named American Saturday Night, and the song then peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, songwriter Ashley Gorley talks to The Boot about co-writing "American Saturday Night" with Paisley and Kelley Lovelace.

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Top 10 Patriotic Country Songs

Country music and patriotism have always gone hand in hand. Whether in times of war or peace, American anthems have been fan-favorite country songs for decades, and there are a slew of country tunes that proudly proclaim the beauty and benefits of the United States of America.

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Country Men Without Their Shirts On [PICTURES]

Country music videos are full of sexy women in their daisy dukes and bikini tops, but we're turning the tables and letting some of the genre's leading men show a little skin.

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Story Behind the Song: Randy Houser, ‘A Man Like Me’

Randy Houser co-wrote "A Man Like Me" with Jameson Clark and Danny Green and included the song on his 2010 They Call Me Cadillac album, which earned a Top 10 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart and a Top 50 spot on the all-genre Billboard 100. When he released the song as a single in 2010, it peaked just outside the top 50 on the U.S. Country chart (No. 53). Inside, Houser tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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Top 10 Cover Songs in Country Music

Remakes, also commonly known as cover songs, go all the way back to the earliest days of popular music and have stretched across myriad musical genres.

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Story Behind the Song: David Nail, ‘The Sound of a Million Dreams’

For Phil Vassar, "The Sound of a Million Dreams," the song he co-wrote for David Nail -- which appears on Nail's 2011 album of the same name -- is really a tribute to the classic songs and artists that Vassar listened to growing up, the artists who inspired him to become an artist himself and create the songs he crafts today.

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Story Behind the Song: Thompson Square, ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’

Husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) earned their first No. 1 hit in April of 2011 with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." The song was released in July of 2010 as the second single from their self-titled debut album and has been certified double platinum; it also earned them two Grammy Awards nominations. Inside, the co-writers of "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," David Lee Murphy and Jim Collins -- who also wrote Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor" -- tell The Boot about the day they wrote this breakthrough hit.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Voice’ Coach and Country Megastar Blake Shelton

He's the comic relief on The Voice, and if you follow him on Twitter, you know that he's almost as much of a comedian as he is a recording artist. Blake Shelton has been charming fans with his soulful voice and witty banter since 2001.

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