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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews, ‘I’m Alive’ — Story Behind the Song

Kenny Chesney wrote 'I'm Alive' with Dean Dillon and Mark Tamburino, but he wasn't the first to record it. Willie Nelson put the song on his 'Moment of Forever' album, which Chesney also produced, in 2008.

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Rich O'Toole Tour Diary 7
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Rich O’Toole Tour Diary, Week 7: Saying Goodbye to the Jaded Tour

Texas country star Rich O’Toole embarked on his national Jaded Tour on Oct. 9. Throughout the duration of his tour, O’Toole has been a guest blogger on The Boot, providing a weekly tour diary entry about life on the road with his band and crew. The following is his final update.

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Tanya Tucker
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Interview: Tanya Tucker Talks Hall of Fame Exhibit, Career Highlights + Women in Country

In 1972, 13-year-old Tanya Tucker scored her first country hit with 'Delta Dawn,' which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In the more than 40 years since -- filled with plenty of hits, personal troubles and even reality TV -- Tucker has become an irreplaceable part of country music history.

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift, ‘You Belong With Me’ — Story Behind the Song

'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.

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Jeff Bates
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Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on Tribute Album ‘Me and Conway’

Jeff Bates has spent plenty of time refuting claims that he sounds like country singer (and fellow Mississippi native) Conway Twitty. But for his latest album, he decided to embrace it.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘Sideways’ — Story Behind the Song

'Sideways,' Dierks Bentley's 12th career single and second from 'Feel That Fire,' his fourth studio album, was co-written by Bentley and Jim Beavers. Bentley released the song in March 2009, and the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in July of the same year. It was Bentley's seventh No. 1; he tells The Boot how it came to be.

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Trisha Yearwood
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Trisha Yearwood, ‘End of the World’ — Exclusive Premiere

Country star Trisha Yearwood is premiering her heartbreaking new track 'End of the World' exclusively for readers of The Boot.

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Rich O'Toole Tour Diary 6
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Rich O’Toole Tour Diary, Week 6: Beer in St. Louis, Taco T-Shirts in Kansas

Texas country star Rich O’Toole embarked on his national Jaded Tour on Oct. 9. Throughout the duration of his tour, O’Toole will be a guest blogger on The Boot, providing a weekly tour diary entry about life on the road with his band and crew.

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Cody Canada and the Departed
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Cody Canada and the Departed, ‘Revolution’ — Exclusive Premiere

Former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada and his band the Departed have announced a new album coming in 2015, and they're giving The Boot's readers an early listen to 'Revolution,' one of the new songs.

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Meghan Linsey
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Meghan Linsey Learns to DIY Her Career, Prepares for Big 2015

Meghan Linsey can feel her hard work paying off. Formerly one-half of award-winning country duo Steel Magnolia, Linsey released a solo EP earlier this year, and she hints that there's more coming very soon.

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