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Story Behind the Song: Luke Bryan, ‘Rain Is a Good Thing’

As the son of a peanut farmer, Luke Bryan knows the power of rain and how much it can affect people's lives, both positively and negatively. Bryan co-wrote "Rain Is a Good Thing" with Dallas Davidson and released the song in January 2010, as the second single from his Doin' My Thing album. The tune hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and took the No. 2 spot on Billboard's year-end Country Songs chart. Inside, Bryan tells The Boot how he and Davidson were inspired to write the hit.

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Story Behind the Song: Blake Shelton, ‘All About Tonight’

Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip co-wrote Blake Shelton's 2010 single, "All About Tonight." Released as the first single from Shelton's EP of the same name, "All About Tonight" became the singer's seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and landed at No. 8 on the year-end Billboard Country Songs chart. Inside, Akins tells The Boot about the inspiration for the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: George Strait, ‘The Breath You Take’

The fourth single from George Strait's album Twang, "The Breath You Take" was written by Casey Beathard and the father-daughter team of Dean and Jessie Jo Dillon. The song was released in July of 2010 and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart -- the 83rd Top 10 hit of Strait's career. It also earned a Best Country Song nomination at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Below, the Dillons tell The Boot about writing "The Breath You Take."

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Story Behind the Song: Kristian Bush, ‘Walk Tall’

After finding years of success in country music as part of the duo Sugarland, Kristian Bush released his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, on April 7. Among the record's 12 tracks is a song called "Walk Tall," which Bush reveals was written for his son ... even though, as Bush tells The Boot, he himself didn't know it at the time.

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Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw, ‘Truck Yeah’

Tim McGraw released "Truck Yeah" in July 2012, as the first single from his Two Lanes of Freedom album, but the tune was written by LoCash's Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, along with Chris Janson and Danny Myrick. The song gave McGraw his highest-ever solo chart debut when it hit Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, eventually reaching No. 11 on that chart, No. 10 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart and No. 57 on the all-genre Hot 100. But, as Brust tells The Boot, LoCash were hoping to record the song themselves -- and how McGraw requested the tune is a pretty funny story.

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Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘Our Kind of Love’

Lady Antebellum's three members -- Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott -- co-wrote "Our Kind of Love" with songwriter Michael Busbee (known professionally as busbee). After being released as a promotional single for their award-winning Need You Now album in January 2010, the song became the trio's third official single for the record in May 2010 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, Haywood tells The Boot about writing the hit.

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Story Behind the Song: Reba McEntire, ‘Consider Me Gone’

Steve Diamond and Marv Green wrote "Consider Me Gone," which Reba McEntire released as the second single from her 2009 album, Keep on Loving You. The song became McEntire's first solo Top 10 hit since 2005, and when it hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in January of 2010, it was her first No. 1 since 2004. "Consider Me Gone" also landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Inside, Diamond tells The Boot about writing the hit song.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘American Ride’

Dave Pahanish and Joe West, the co-writers of Toby Keith's "American Ride," the first single from and title track of Keith's 2009 studio album, have known each other for more than 20 years, beginning in Pittsburgh, Pa., and continuing through their association as co-writers, artists and producers in Nashville, Tenn. The song was released in July of 2009 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- Keith's 19th career No. 1 -- in October. Below, Pahanish and West tell The Boot about writing the hit.

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Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw, ‘Southern Voice’

Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice," the second single from and title track of his 10th studio album, was written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Douglas. Released in September 2009, "Southern Voice" became McGraw's 23rd No. 1 hit in January 2010, and his first since April 2007. Inside, DiPiero and Douglas tell The Boot about how the wrote the song.

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Story Behind the Song: Rascal Flatts, ‘My Wish’

Rascal Flatts' No. 1 hit "My Wish," was written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson. The Flatts released the song in August 2006, as the third single from their Me and My Gang album. That December, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. country charts; it also hit No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 13 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 49 on the Pop 100 -- a solid crossover single. Inside, Steele tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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