Darius Rucker's 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It' was a big tune for the singer-songwriter. Rucker co-wrote the debut single from his first country album, 'Learn to Live,' with Clay Mills and released it in 2008. The track became Rucker's first solo Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also hit No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making Rucker the first solo African-American artist to top the latter chart since Charley Pride did it in 1983. 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It' also earned platinum status, and Rucker tells The Boot how the song came about below.
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.
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