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.
Who is the king of pranks in country music? Everyone knows it's Brad Paisley. And although he has also been the victim of several jokes on his tours, Paisley dishes it out even better than he takes it. Many an artist has been on the receiving end of a Paisley prank -- in fact, we could probably fill an entire Top 10 list with only his hilarious antics -- but there are lots of other practical jokes worth writing about, too.
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.
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