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Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’ — Story Behind the Song

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott wrote 'Need You Now' with Josh Kear, and while they knew they had a good song, the trio didn't realize just how good it was. The lead single and title track from their sophomore album stayed at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks and sold more than six million copies in the United States. The song also won numerous awards, including four Grammys, a CMA Award, two ACM Awards and the BMI Pop Award, among others, and earned the trio crossover success. Below, Kelley tells The Boot about the day the song was conceived.

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Laura Gibson, ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ Music Video — Exclusive Premiere

If there was ever a Christmas song to serenade you to sleep on Christmas Eve, it's Laura Gibson's cover of 'Wonderful Christmastime.' The Portland-based singer-songwriter is sharing the song's music video exclusively with readers of The Boot -- Merry Christmas, indeed.

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Brooks & Dunn, ‘Put a Girl in It’ — Story Behind the Song

In the latter part of 2006, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip got together to write, not knowing that their lives would soon change forever. The three songwriters, christened the Peach Pickers because they all hail from Georgia, have become one of Nashville's most successful writing teams, penning Joe Nichols' 'Gimme That Girl,' Blake Shelton's 'All About Tonight' and Luke Bryan's 'I Don't Want This Night to End,' among others.

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Belles & Whistles, ‘Mary Had a Little Boy’ Video — Exclusive Premiere

Mother-daughter duo Belles & Whistles -- Jaymie Jones Schilken and her daughter Kelli -- are premiering a video for their Christmas song, 'Mary Had a Little Boy,' exclusively for readers of The Boot.

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Grace & Tony Greenroom Sessions: ‘Hey Grace, Hey Tony’ (Feat. Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rowan Corbett)

Grace & Tony are back! The husband-and-wife duo have been in the studio working on new music, but they took a break and spent some time with Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rowan Corbet for December's Greenroom Sessions video.

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Janie Price Interview: Ray Price’s Widow Shares Thoughts on Country Legend’s Life, Music and Legacy

Ray Price married Janie Price (nee Phillips) on June 11, 1970. They were together almost exactly 43 and a half years before the country music legend passed away on Dec. 16, 2013, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Darius Rucker, ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It’ — Story Behind the Song

Darius Rucker's 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It' was a big tune for the singer-songwriter. Rucker co-wrote the debut single from his first country album, 'Learn to Live,' with Clay Mills and released it in 2008. The track became Rucker's first solo Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also hit No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making Rucker the first solo African-American artist to top the latter chart since Charley Pride did it in 1983. 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It' also earned platinum status, and Rucker tells The Boot how the song came about below.

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Trace Adkins
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Trace Adkins, ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ — Story Behind the Song

Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson wrote 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' together, and Trace Adkins released the song as the third single from 2004's 'Songs About Me.' The tune became a crossover hit, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and landing in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts, not to mention earning a gold certification. Below, Johnson tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Win a Festive Holiday Haul From the Henningsens

The Henningsens recently released a brand-new holiday album, and they're spreading Christmas cheer by giving The Boot's readers a chance to win some sweet holiday swag.

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Garth Brooks, ‘Beaches of Cheyenne’ — Story Behind the Song

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.

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