Contact Us
Story Behind the Song

Story Behind the Song

Lady Antebellum
Getty Images
[

Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’ — Story Behind the Song

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott wrote 'Need You Now' with Josh Kear, and while they knew they had a good song, the trio didn't realize just how good it was. The lead single and title track from their sophomore album stayed at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks and sold more than six million copies in the United States. The song also won numerous awards, including four Grammys, a CMA Award, two ACM Awards and the BMI Pop Award, among others, and earned the trio crossover success. Below, Kelley tells The Boot about the day the song was conceived.

Read More

Brooks and Dunn
Christopher Polk, Getty Images
[

Brooks & Dunn, ‘Put a Girl in It’ — Story Behind the Song

In the latter part of 2006, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip got together to write, not knowing that their lives would soon change forever. The three songwriters, christened the Peach Pickers because they all hail from Georgia, have become one of Nashville's most successful writing teams, penning Joe Nichols' 'Gimme That Girl,' Blake Shelton's 'All About Tonight' and Luke Bryan's 'I Don't Want This Night to End,' among others.

Read More

Darius Rucker
Michael Loccisano, Getty Images
[

Darius Rucker, ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It’ — Story Behind the Song

Darius Rucker's 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It' was a big tune for the singer-songwriter. Rucker co-wrote the debut single from his first country album, 'Learn to Live,' with Clay Mills and released it in 2008. The track became Rucker's first solo Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also hit No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making Rucker the first solo African-American artist to top the latter chart since Charley Pride did it in 1983. 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It' also earned platinum status, and Rucker tells The Boot how the song came about below.

Read More

Trace Adkins
Mike Coppola, Getty Images
[

Trace Adkins, ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ — Story Behind the Song

Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson wrote 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' together, and Trace Adkins released the song as the third single from 2004's 'Songs About Me.' The tune became a crossover hit, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and landing in the Top 40 on the Hot 100 and Pop 100 charts, not to mention earning a gold certification. Below, Johnson tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

Read More

Garth Brooks
Brian Ach, Getty Images
[

Garth Brooks, ‘Beaches of Cheyenne’ — Story Behind the Song

Bryan Kennedy and Dan Roberts co-wrote 'Beaches of Cheyenne' with Garth Brooks. As the third single from his 'Fresh Horses' album, the tune became Brooks' 15th Billboard No. 1 in 1996. Inside, Kennedy and Roberts tell The Boot about how the song came to be.

Read More

Carrie Underwood
Rick Diamond, Getty Images
[

Carrie Underwood, ‘Last Name’ — Story Behind the Song

'Last Name' is the third single from Carrie Underwood's second studio album, 'Carnival Ride.' Released in 2008, the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and won a Grammy, a People's Choice Award and a BMI Award. The tune was co-written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Underwood. Inside, Laird shares the story behind the song.

Read More

James Otto
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
[

James Otto, ‘Just Got Started Lovin’ You’ — Story Behind the Song

James Otto co-wrote 'Just Got Started Lovin' You' with Jim Femino and D. Vincent Williams. He released the song in July 2007 as the first single from his 'Sunset Man' album. The tune went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008 -- Otto's first No. 1 hit -- and took the top spot on the year-end chart as well. The singer-songwriter tells The Boot about crafting the song.

Read More

Kenny Chesney
Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Clear Channel
[

Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews, ‘I’m Alive’ — Story Behind the Song

Kenny Chesney wrote 'I'm Alive' with Dean Dillon and Mark Tamburino, but he wasn't the first to record it. Willie Nelson put the song on his 'Moment of Forever' album, which Chesney also produced, in 2008.

Read More

Taylor Swift
Getty Images
[

Taylor Swift, ‘You Belong With Me’ — Story Behind the Song

'You Belong With Me,' from Taylor Swift's second album, 'Fearless,' was co-written by the songstress and Liz Rose; Swift also aided in the production of the track. It was released in April 2009 as the album's third single.

Read More

Dierks Bentley
Rick Diamond, Getty Images
[

Dierks Bentley, ‘Sideways’ — Story Behind the Song

'Sideways,' Dierks Bentley's 12th career single and second from 'Feel That Fire,' his fourth studio album, was co-written by Bentley and Jim Beavers. Bentley released the song in March 2009, and the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in July of the same year. It was Bentley's seventh No. 1; he tells The Boot how it came to be.

Read More

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboot.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boot quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on The Boot quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!