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Eilen Jewell Needle and Thread
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Eilen Jewell, ‘Needle and Thread’ [Exclusive Premiere]

Idaho native Eilen Jewell is an artist to keep your eyes on. The singer, known among her circles as the "Queen of the Minor Key," is giving The Boot readers an exclusive listen to her new song, "Needle and Thread."

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Story Behind the Song: Luke Bryan, ‘Rain Is a Good Thing’

As the son of a peanut farmer, Luke Bryan knows the power of rain and how much it can affect people's lives, both positively and negatively. Bryan co-wrote "Rain Is a Good Thing" with Dallas Davidson and released the song in January 2010, as the second single from his Doin' My Thing album. The tune hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and took the No. 2 spot on Billboard's year-end Country Songs chart. Inside, Bryan tells The Boot how he and Davidson were inspired to write the hit.

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George Strait Let It Go
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George Strait Shares New Song, ‘Let It Go’ [LISTEN]

George Strait may be finished with touring, but he's not finished with country music. The singer has released a new song, "Let It Go" (no relation to the Disney phenomenon), and it's equal parts inspirational and mellow.

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Story Behind the Song: Blake Shelton, ‘All About Tonight’

Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip co-wrote Blake Shelton's 2010 single, "All About Tonight." Released as the first single from Shelton's EP of the same name, "All About Tonight" became the singer's seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and landed at No. 8 on the year-end Billboard Country Songs chart. Inside, Akins tells The Boot about the inspiration for the tune.

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Reba McEntire Explains Why a Song From ‘Love Somebody’ Was Played at Her Father’s Funeral

Reba McEntire's brand-new Love Somebody record dropped Tuesday (April 14), and out of its 12 tracks (and two bonus songs), there's one tune that simply blew her away. In fact, it reminded the singer of her father, Clark McEntire, so much that she wanted it played at his funeral.

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Vince Matthews Jim Casey The Kingston Springs Suite Bessie That's a Lie
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Vince Matthews and Jim Casey, ‘Bessie, That’s a Lie’ [Exclusive Premiere]

The Kingston Springs Suite was recorded in 1972, with Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, "Cowboy" Jack Clement and Johnny Cash all involved with the project -- but it was never released. However, after being shelved for 40-plus years, the album finally has a debut date, and The Boot is exclusively premiering one of the record's songs, "Bessie, That's a Lie."

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George Jones White Lightning No 1
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56 Years Ago: George Jones Earns First No. 1 Single With ‘White Lightning’

Fifty-six years ago today (April 13, 1959) was an unforgettable day for George Jones. It was on this day the singer earned his first No. 1 hit with "White Lightning."

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Emily West Bitter
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Emily West Releases New Single, ‘Bitter’ [LISTEN]

America's Got Talent Season 9 runner-up Emily West has released a new single, "Bitter."

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Rich O'Toole
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Rich O’Toole Releases New Single, ‘Talk About the Weather’ [LISTEN]

Rich O'Toole has released a new single, "Talk About the Weather." The song, a duet with artist Stephanie Lynn, is a poetic take on a couple that regrets their decision to break up.

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Wynonna Judd She Is His Only Need No 1
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23 Years Ago: Wynonna Judd Hits No. 1 With Debut Solo Single

Twenty-three years ago today (April 11, 1992), was a bittersweet day for Wynonna Judd. It was on this day that she earned her first No. 1 hit as a solo artist with her debut single, "She Is His Only Need."

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