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Jeannie C. Riley Harper Valley PTA lyrics
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Story Behind the Song: Jeannie C. Riley, ‘Harper Valley PTA’

Tom T. Hall tells The Boot about writing "Harper Valley PTA," made famous by Jeannie C. Riley.

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Story Behind the Song: Chris Janson, ‘Buy Me a Boat’

Chris Janson and co-writer Chris DuBois explain how they wrote Janson's No. 1 song "Buy Me a Boat."

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Story Behind the Song: Josh Thompson, ‘Comin’ Around’

Josh Thompson tells The Boot about the inspiration for his song "Comin' Around."

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Tim McGraw Grown Men Don't Cry lyrics
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Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw, ‘Grown Men Don’t Cry’

Songwriter Tom Douglas tells The Boot about writing Tim McGraw's "Grown Men Don't Cry."

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Story Behind the Song: Eric Church, ‘Springsteen’

Eric Church tells The Boot about the inspiration for his song "Springsteen."

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Story Behind the Song: Zac Brown Band, ‘Whatever It Is’

Songwriter Wyatt Durrette tells The Boot about writing the Zac Brown Band's "Whatever It Is."

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Story Behind the Song: Colt Ford, ‘Chicken and Biscuits’

Rhett Akins tells The Boot about writing Colt Ford's "Chicken and Biscuits" with Ford and Ben Hayslip.

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Story Behind the Song: Faith Hill, ‘Let Me Let Go’

Faith Hill released "Let Me Let Go" in September of 1998, as the third single from her Faith album, but the song, co-written by Steve Diamond and Dennis Morgan, had been floating around Music Row for several years before the country singer recorded it. As Diamond tells The Boot, they knew it was a hit -- and once Hill recorded it, she proved their instincts right: "Let Me Let Go" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and earned a Top 10 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart (No. 10) and a Top 40 place on the Hot 100 (No. 33); it was also nominated for a Grammy, for best Female Country Vocal Performance, and used on the Message in a Bottle movie soundtrack.

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Story Behind the Song: Oak Ridge Boys, ‘Bobbie Sue’

In January of 1982, the Oak Ridge Boys released "Bobbie Sue" as the first single from their album of the same name. The song was co-written by Adele Tyler, Dan Tyler and Wood Newton. In April, the tune earned the Oaks their sixth No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart; it also found success on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (No. 12) and the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (No. 19). Inside, Newton tells The Boot about writing the hit single.

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Story Behind the Song: Vince Gill, ‘Buttermilk John’

Vince Gill's 2011 album Guitar Slinger features a tribute to steel guitar virtuoso John Hughey -- a member of Gill's band for nearly 20 years and a dear friend of the artist's -- who passed away in 2007. In "Buttermilk John," Gill salutes the renowned musician whose real-life love story ... well, makes for the perfect country song. Below, Gill explains the inspiration for the tune.

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