A great country song can inspire you, make you laugh or make you cry. It may even enliven you to do crazy things like jump out of an airplane, dance like no one is watching ... or do a little damage to a cheater's beloved truck.
Since 'American Idol' debuted more than a dozen years ago, reality singing competitions have become an increasingly viable way to discover new country talent. The show reigned supreme on the airwaves, virtually unchallenged for years, until 'The Voice' premiered in 2011. Since then, the two shows have competed fiercely to find the best new talent in country music.
'You Belong With Me,' from Taylor Swift's second album, 'Fearless,' was co-written by the songstress and Liz Rose; Swift also aided in the production of the track. It was released in April 2009 as the album's third single.
Dierks Bentley songs are some of the most daringly original tracks in the last 10-plus years of country music. Since his debut in 2003, the singer-songwriter has consistently defied radio trends to produce some of the most sonically interesting records in contemporary country music.
'Sideways,' Dierks Bentley's 12th career single and second from 'Feel That Fire,' his fourth studio album, was co-written by Bentley and Jim Beavers. Bentley released the song in March 2009, and the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in July of the same year. It was Bentley's seventh No. 1; he tells The Boot how it came to be.
Country artists have never shied away from recording songs that tell the stories of the wars that the U.S. has been involved in. From Johnny Horton's 'Battle of New Orleans' to Trace Adkins' 'Arlington,' artists (and their fans) have embraced the idea of supporting our soldiers through music.
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