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Kacey Musgraves
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Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ — Story Behind the Song

Kacey Musgraves' debut single, 'Merry Go 'Round,' reached the Top 10 on the country charts and was also named one of the Top 50 songs of 2012 (in all genres) by Rolling Stone magazine, which singled it out as a "bleak-but-clever take on small-town inertia and ennui."

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Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch, ‘Cowboys and Angels’ — Story Behind the Song

Singer-songwriter Dustin Lynch moved to Nashville from tiny Tullahoma, Tenn., and began collaborating with Music City tunesmiths in addition to working on his debut album. The self-titled disc was released in August of 2012 and entered Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at No. 1.

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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney, ‘The Good Stuff’ — Story Behind the Song

Celebrated songwriter Craig Wiseman talks to The Boot about 'The Good Stuff,' which he and Jim Collins wrote together. Kenny Chesney took the song to No. 1 in 2002.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood, ‘Before He Cheats’ — Story Behind the Song

Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins talk about the day they wrote Carrie Underwood's 2006 No. 1 smash, 'Before He Cheats.'

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Zac Brown Band
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Zac Brown Band, ‘Colder Weather’ — Story Behind the Song

The Boot sat down with songwriter Wyatt Durrette to discuss the Zac Brown Band's hit single, 'Colder Weather.'

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Zac Brown
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Zac Brown Band, ‘Highway 20 Ride’ — Story Behind the Song

Songwriter Wyatt Durrette tells The Boot about the tear-jerking inspiration behind the Zac Brown Band's fourth single off their platinum-selling 'Foundation' album, 'Highway 20 Ride.' Wyatt was also Zac's co-writer on the band's first three No. 1 hits, 'Chicken Fried,' 'Whatever It Is' and 'Toes.'

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Exclusive: Sara Evans, ‘If I Run’ – Story Behind the Song

Sara Evans releases her new album Tuesday (March 11), and she's giving readers of The Boot an inside look at one of the tracks.

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Pistol Annies’ ‘Hush Hush’ Lyrics Are Loud and Proud

"If you listen to our music, you know that we're not very good at keeping secrets," Miranda Lambert tells The Boot of the true-to-life songs she and her Pistol Annies cohorts, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley have been writing

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Ashley Monroe, ‘Weed Instead of Roses’ – Story Behind the Lyrics

Ashley Monroe's "Weed Instead of Roses," from the singer-songwriter's Top 10 country album, Like a Rose, is a tune the now-26-year-old wrote, with Sally Barris and John McElroy, when she was just 19. The humorous (and slightly controversial) song is Ashley's

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Brantley Gilbert, ‘More Than Miles’ Lyrics Born of Fork in Singer’s Road

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Brantley Gilbert has found his niche in the country music community, but when he was first getting into music he wasn't sure that would happen.

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