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Oak Ridge Boys
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The Oak Ridge Boys, ‘American Made’ — Story Behind the Song

Veteran music journalist Jake Brown spoke to a wide variety of the top songwriters in Nashville for his new book, 'Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits.'

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Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum, ‘Wanted You More’ — Story Behind the Song

Who hasn't ended a relationship -- romantic or platonic -- and then analyzed what went wrong? With 'Wanted You More,' Lady Antebellum do just that.

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Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson, ‘Always on My Mind’ — Story Behind the Song

Veteran music journalist Jake Brown spoke to a Who's Who of the top songwriters in Music City for his new book, 'Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits.'

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Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton, ‘Honey Bee’ — Story Behind the Song

Of the many No. 1 hits written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, it's Blake Shelton's 'Honey Bee' that the guys say has had the craziest fan reaction.

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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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