In August of 2010, the Zac Brown Band gave fans the first taste of their second major-label studio album, You Get What You Give, by releasing "As She's Walking Away" as the record's first single. Songwriter Wyatt Durrette and Zac Brown co-wrote the tune after a night out in Orlando, Fla., as Durrette tells The Boot inside. The track, which features Alan Jackson, became the ZBB's fourth consecutive and fifth overall No. 1 single in November of 2010; it also peaked just outside the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (No. 32).
Sam Hunt hit the country music scene fast and hard with his 2014 debut album Montevallo. The singer-slash-rapper-slash-songwriter may be filled with musical talent, but part of his appeal comes straight from his 6 feet, 3 inches of confidence and sex appeal.
Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Joe Leathers co-wrote the song "Still," which Tim McGraw recorded and co-produced for his 2009 Southern Voice album. McGraw released the tune as a single in February of 2010, and it landed in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Below, Brice tells The Boot about how the song came to be.
In the late 1980s, Warren Haynes was living in Nashville and writing with various songwriters. He had just ended his time playing lead guitar in David Allan Coe's band and was years away from joining the Allman Brothers Band, founding Gov't Mule and becoming a successful solo artist. And Haynes and his co-writers, Bobby Boyd and Dennis Robbins, didn't know it, but their creative frustrations one day would turn into the song "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House."
If you follow Canada's country music scene, you may have heard Bobby Wills' name before: The Calgary, Alberta, native was the 2013 winner of both the Canadian Country Music Awards Rising Star trophy and the Alberta Country Music Association's Male Artist of the Year award, and his third album, Crazy Enough, dropped in Canada in January. In the United States, Wills is still relatively unknown, but like Terri Clark, Hank Snow and Carolyn Dawn Johnson before him, the singer-songwriter is now looking to expand his career south of the (Canadian) border.
"Someone Else Calling You Baby" was penned by Luke Bryan and his producer, Jeff Stevens, while the two men were traveling together during a tour. Bryan released the emotion-packed song in August of 2010, as the third single from his Doin' My Thing album. The tune became his second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaked just outside the Top 50 on the Hot 100 chart (No. 56). Below, Stevens tells The Boot how the song came to be.
"Stay in school!" Kids may roll their eyes at that oft-heard phrase as they argue with their parents that some of the wealthiest celebrities on the planet dropped out of school to start their careers early. But in the notoriously volatile entertainment business, no one can argue with having an education to fall back on.
Chris Young released "The Man I Want to Be," penned by songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols, in November of 2009, as the third single from his album of the same name. The poignant tune became Young's second consecutive No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in May of 2010; it also earned a spot in the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 48). Below, James tells The Boot about writing "The Man I Want to Be."
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