Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp and Dennis Morgan are the writers behind George Strait's No. 1 song "River of Love." The King of Country released the tune as the third single from his Troubador album in November of 2008. Inside, the three co-writers tell The Boot how the hit came to be.
Keith Urban's 'You Look Good in My Shirt' has a strange history behind it. Written by Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and Tom Shapiro, Urban first recorded the song for his 2002 'Golden Road' album. It was set to be the disc's fifth single, but that plan was scrapped; still, the track made it to No. 60 on the country charts.
Bryan Kennedy and Dan Roberts co-wrote 'Beaches of Cheyenne' with Garth Brooks. As the third single from his 'Fresh Horses' album, the tune became Brooks' 15th Billboard No. 1 in 1996. Inside, Kennedy and Roberts tell The Boot about how the song came to be.
Jimmy Wayne released 'Do You Believe Me Now,' the title track from his August 2008 album, as a single in March of the same year. The song became his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, his third Top 10 single and his first Top 40 tune since 'Paper Angels' in 2004. Tim Johnson, who co-wrote 'Do You Believe Me Now' with Joe West and Dave Pahanish, tells The Boot about how the hit came to be.
In his illustrious career, Toby Keith has only released two radio singles he didn't write: 'American Ride' and 'Red Solo Cup.' For the country powerhouse to cut an outside song, it's gotta be pretty amazing ... or pretty ridiculous.
Dierks Bentley co-wrote '5-1-5-0' with Brett and Jim Beavers for his album 'Home.' While it's not a reflection of his own experience with the law, the title of the song is California's police code for a person involuntarily confined by officers after being deemed mentally unstable and potentially dangerous. Bentley explains that the whole idea for the song may have been planted in him as early as 13 years old.
Thomas Rhett was just four years old in 1994, but having singer Rhett Akins for a dad, he was, naturally, already a music fan. One of his favorite singers at the time was country crooner Joe Diffie, who scored five No. 1 singles during the decade, including 'Home' and 'Bigger Than the Beatles.'
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Greg Bates is a Nashville native, so he had friends who were songwriters and musicians long before he had his record deal. It's interesting, then, that his single "Fill in the Blank" was written with friends he was writing with for the first time.
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