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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
'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.
Jimmy Wayne released 'Do You Believe Me Now,' the title track from his August 2008 album, as a single in March of the same year. The song became his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, his third Top 10 single and his first Top 40 tune since 'Paper Angels' in 2004. Tim Johnson, who co-wrote 'Do You Believe Me Now' with Joe West and Dave Pahanish, tells The Boot about how the hit came to be.
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