Thirteen years ago today (May 25, 2002), Alan Jackson rode to the top of the charts with his single "Drive (for Daddy Gene)." But while the singer was quite used to the No. 1 slot -- the single marked his 20th time hitting the top of the charts -- this particular song was perhaps one of the most significant of his career.
The lyrics of Mo Pitney's "I Met Merle Haggard Today" may seem like an unbelievable story, but the singer says that the tale is completely true -- and that his chance meeting with Haggard was one of the few moments that have left him starstruck.
Thirty-four years ago today, on May 23, 1981, Rosanne Cash earned her first No. 1 single with "Seven Year Ache." The song, written by Cash, was the title track and debut single from her third studio album.
Randy Houser co-wrote "A Man Like Me" with Jameson Clark and Danny Green and included the song on his 2010 They Call Me Cadillac album, which earned a Top 10 spot on the Billboard Country Albums chart and a Top 50 spot on the all-genre Billboard 100. When he released the song as a single in 2010, it peaked just outside the top 50 on the U.S. Country chart (No. 53). Inside, Houser tells The Boot about writing the tune.
Tyler Farr recently earned a No. 1 hit with "A Guy Walks Into a Bar," from his sophomore Suffer in Peace album. The song, written by Jonathan Singleton, Melissa Pierce and Brad Tursi, was a huge success for Farr, but it almost got to another major country star first.
For Phil Vassar, "The Sound of a Million Dreams," the song he co-wrote for David Nail -- which appears on Nail's 2011 album of the same name -- is really a tribute to the classic songs and artists that Vassar listened to growing up, the artists who inspired him to become an artist himself and create the songs he crafts today.
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