In early 2009, Andy Gibson, Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers got together to write a song, with its title already in pocket: "Don't You Wanna Stay." The song they wrote that day ended up being recorded as a power duet by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, for Aldean's My Kinda Party album -- and it became a Top 50 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a Top 20 song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and a multi-week No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. It also became the best-selling country collaboration single in digital history, with over two million copies sold, a record it held until 2014.
Rascal Flatts released "Here" in September 2008, as the fifth single from their Still Feels Good album; it became a No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in January 2009. The tune was written by songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson, shortly after Steele lost his 13-year-old-son Alex in an accident on Jan. 28, 2007. Inside, Steele tells The Boot about how the song came to be.
On the red carpet of most country awards shows, there's no shortage of cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats, but for the 2015 ACM Awards, most artists kept their roots a little more understated, choosing to forgo rhinestones in lieu of more streamlined silhouettes.
As the son of a peanut farmer, Luke Bryan knows the power of rain and how much it can affect people's lives, both positively and negatively. Bryan co-wrote "Rain Is a Good Thing" with Dallas Davidson and released the song in January 2010, as the second single from his Doin' My Thing album. The tune hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and took the No. 2 spot on Billboard's year-end Country Songs chart. Inside, Bryan tells The Boot how he and Davidson were inspired to write the hit.
Summer is a great time, as one classic rock song suggests, to "get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway." And nothing beats a cool country soundtrack to crank up while you're exploring those wide-open spaces in your chosen mode of transportation.
Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip co-wrote Blake Shelton's 2010 single, "All About Tonight." Released as the first single from Shelton's EP of the same name, "All About Tonight" became the singer's seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and landed at No. 8 on the year-end Billboard Country Songs chart. Inside, Akins tells The Boot about the inspiration for the tune.
The fourth single from George Strait's album Twang, "The Breath You Take" was written by Casey Beathard and the father-daughter team of Dean and Jessie Jo Dillon. The song was released in July of 2010 and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart -- the 83rd Top 10 hit of Strait's career. It also earned a Best Country Song nomination at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Below, the Dillons tell The Boot about writing "The Breath You Take."
Lady Antebellum's three members -- Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott -- co-wrote "Our Kind of Love" with songwriter Michael Busbee (known professionally as busbee). After being released as a promotional single for their award-winning Need You Now album in January 2010, the song became the trio's third official single for the record in May 2010 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, Haywood tells The Boot about writing the hit.
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