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Darius Rucker
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Darius Rucker, ‘True Believers’ — Story Behind the Song

Darius Rucker wrote 'True Believers,' the title track from his third solo country album, released in 2013, with Josh Kear. It was released as the disc's debut single in August 2012 and reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, and as Rucker tells The Boot, the song is a perfect example of a true-to-life country tune.

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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
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Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, ‘Heartbreak’ — Exclusive Premiere

Nashville-based band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are releasing their 12-track record 'Medicine' on Jan. 27, and they are treating The Boot's readers to the first listen of one of the songs, 'Heartbreak.'

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Martina McBride
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Martina McBride, ‘Wild Angels’ — Story Behind the Song

'Wild Angels,' off Martina McBride's 1995 album of the same name, became the songstress' first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now known as the Hot Country Songs chart). Writer Matraca Berg tells The Boot how she, Gary Harrison and Harry Stinson crafted the hit.

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Kellie Pickler, ‘Rockaway (The Rockin’ Chair Song)’ — Story Behind the Song

Kellie Pickler's third studio album, '100 Proof,' was released in January 2012 and contains 11 songs, six of which the songstress co-wrote. One of those tunes is 'Rockaway (The Rockin' Chair Song),' co-written with Brent Cobb and Barry Dean, which Pickler says was inspired by her very first date with now-husband Kyle Jacobs.

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Dan and the Wildfire
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Dan & the Wildfire, ‘Backwash’ — Exclusive Premiere

Indie folk rock quintet Dan & the Wildfire will be releasing their third studio album, 'Bull Moose,' in Spring 2015, and they're giving The Boot readers an exclusive first listen to their new single 'Backwash.'

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Joe Fletcher
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Joe Fletcher Strips Down His Sound for ‘You’ve Got the Wrong Man’

As an artist, Joe Fletcher is hard to pigeonhole -- and that's just fine with him.

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Ricky Gunn
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Ricky Gunn Mixes Modern Country Sound With Old-School Songwriting Influences on Debut Album

The name of Ricky Gunn's full-length debut album, 'King of This Town,' could be considered partly fulfilled prophecy and partly aspirational -- a good indication of where the singer-songwriter has been and where he hopes to go.

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Brad Paisley
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Brad Paisley, ‘Then’ — Story Behind the Song

Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley and Brad Paisley co-wrote 'Then,' the lead single from Paisley's 2009 album, 'American Saturday Night.' Released in April 2009, the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in June -- Paisley's 10th consecutive No. 1 -- and landed in the Top 20 of the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (the singer's first time on that chart) chart later that summer. 'Then' has also been certified platinum. Below, Gorley shares the story of writing the hit with The Boot.

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban, ‘You Look Good in My Shirt’ — Story Behind the Song

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.

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Craig Morgan
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Craig Morgan Says Smaller Shows Can Be Just as Fun as Larger Venues

Craig Morgan has played all over the world, from neighborhood bars to arenas with thousands of screaming fans. But while the Tennessee native loves entertaining in all kinds of venues, he admits it's the smaller, intimate crowds that he enjoys the most.

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