Steve Diamond and Marv Green wrote "Consider Me Gone," which Reba McEntire released as the second single from her 2009 album, Keep on Loving You. The song became McEntire's first solo Top 10 hit since 2005, and when it hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in January of 2010, it was her first No. 1 since 2004. "Consider Me Gone" also landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Inside, Diamond tells The Boot about writing the hit song.
Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, author, actress, philanthropist and superstar in her own right. She has churned out more than 80 albums and more than 100 singles in her 69 years of life, with an unparalleled career that has spanned 40-plus years. Parton, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, has also had the opportunity to blend her voice with some of the most iconic artists of the past several decades, both on her many records and as a guest vocalist for other singers' projects.
Dave Pahanish and Joe West, the co-writers of Toby Keith's "American Ride," the first single from and title track of Keith's 2009 studio album, have known each other for more than 20 years, beginning in Pittsburgh, Pa., and continuing through their association as co-writers, artists and producers in Nashville, Tenn. The song was released in July of 2009 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- Keith's 19th career No. 1 -- in October. Below, Pahanish and West tell The Boot about writing the hit.
Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice," the second single from and title track of his 10th studio album, was written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Douglas. Released in September 2009, "Southern Voice" became McGraw's 23rd No. 1 hit in January 2010, and his first since April 2007. Inside, DiPiero and Douglas tell The Boot about how the wrote the song.
Rascal Flatts' No. 1 hit "My Wish," was written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson. The Flatts released the song in August 2006, as the third single from their Me and My Gang album. That December, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. country charts; it also hit No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 13 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 49 on the Pop 100 -- a solid crossover single. Inside, Steele tells The Boot about how the song came to be.
Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins recorded "Hillbilly Bone," written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman, for Shelton's 2010 EP of the same name, though Adkins later included it on the deluxe edition of his Cowboy's Back in Town album. The song was released as a single in October of 2009, and in March of 2010, it became Shelton's sixth No. 1 and Adkins' fourth; it also reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and won an ACM Award -- Shelton's first -- for Vocal Event of the Year. Below, Laird tells The Boot how the song came about.
Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley co-wrote the trio's first No. 1 hit, "I Run to You," with Tom Douglas. Released in January 2009 as the third and final single from Lady A's self-titled debut album, the song also became their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 tune, and it landed in Top 20 spots on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts. "I Run to You" won a CMA Award for Single of the Year in 2009, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals; it has been certified double platinum. Inside, Douglas tells The Boot about how the song came to be.
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