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Story Behind the Song: Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins, ‘Hillbilly Bone’

Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins recorded "Hillbilly Bone," written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman, for Shelton's 2010 EP of the same name, though Adkins later included it on the deluxe edition of his Cowboy's Back in Town album. The song was released as a single in October of 2009, and in March of 2010, it became Shelton's sixth No. 1 and Adkins' fourth; it also reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and won an ACM Award -- Shelton's first -- for Vocal Event of the Year. Below, Laird tells The Boot how the song came about.

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Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘I Run to You’

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley co-wrote the trio's first No. 1 hit, "I Run to You," with Tom Douglas. Released in January 2009 as the third and final single from Lady A's self-titled debut album, the song also became their first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 tune, and it landed in Top 20 spots on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts. "I Run to You" won a CMA Award for Single of the Year in 2009, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals; it has been certified double platinum. Inside, Douglas tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Zac Brown Band, ‘Toes’

Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette, along with Zac Brown Band bassist John Driskell Hopkins and Shawn Mullins, were inspired to write ZBB's No. 1 hit "Toes" by Durrette's 30th birthday vacation in Key West, Fla. The third single from the band's major-label debut album, 2008's The Foundation, "Toes" became their third consecutive Top 5 and second No. 1 single on the country charts; it also landed in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 30 and has been certified double platinum. Inside, Brown and Durrette discuss writing the song.

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Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood, ‘Cowboy Casanova’

Carrie Underwood co-wrote "Cowboy Casanova," the lead single from her third studio album, Play On, and one of the biggest singles of her career, with Mike Elizondo and Brett James. Released in September of 2009, "Cowboy Casanova" became the fastest-climbing country single of the year and Underwood's eighth No. 1 hit. It's been certified double platinum and was nominated for an ACM Award. Inside, Underwood and James discuss writing the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Alan Jackson, ‘Sissy’s Song’

A tragic event inspired a Top 10 hit for Alan Jackson. The country hitmaker released "Sissy's Song" in March of 2009, as the fourth single from his Good Time album. Below, Jackson tells The Boot more about the song.

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Jason Aldean
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Story Behind the Song: Jason Aldean, ‘She’s Country’

Danny Myrick and Bridgette Tatum co-wrote "She's Country," which Jason Aldean released in December 2008 as the lead single from his 2009 Wide Open album. The song hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in May of 2009 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Inside, Myrick and Tatum explain how they crafted the hit.

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Story Behind the Song: George Strait, ‘River of Love’

Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp and Dennis Morgan are the writers behind George Strait's No. 1 song "River of Love." The King of Country released the tune as the third single from his Troubador album in November of 2008. Inside, the three co-writers tell The Boot how the hit came to be.

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Craig Morgan
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Story Behind the Song: Craig Morgan, ‘Wake Up Lovin’ You’

Craig Morgan took "Wake Up Lovin' You" to the Top 20 on Billboard's Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, but two members of up-and-coming band Old Dominion are the writers behind the hit. Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, along with songwriter Josh Osborne, penned the song, which Morgan recorded and released in July 2013 as the first single from his The Journey (Livin' Hits) album. Inside, Ramsey tells The Boot the story behind the song.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘Feel That Fire’ — Story Behind the Song

Dierks Bentley's sixth Billboard Hot Country Songs No. 1 tune, 'Feel That Fire,' was co-written by Bentley, the Warren Brothers and Brett Beavers. It was released as the lead single from his fourth studio album, of the same name. Inside, Bentley tells The Boot about writing the hit.

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Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert, ‘White Liar’ — Story Behind the Song

Miranda Lambert co-wrote 'White Liar,' the second single from her 'Revolution' album, with Natalie Hemby. The tune became her second Top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and her first Top 40 hit on the Hot 100. It also received three ACM Awards nominations: Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, the last of which she won. Inside, Lambert tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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