Story Behind the Song: Travis Meadows, ‘First Cigarette’
"I think the idea originally — I hate to even admit this — but ..."
Story Behind the Song: Nikki Lane, ‘Forever Lasts Forever’
"We didn’t say, 'Hey, let’s write a divorce song,' necessarily, but ..."
Story Behind the Song: Frankie Ballard, ‘Good as Gold’
"That’s very flattering for a songwriter, to have someone embrace a song like that ..."
Story Behind the Song: Jake Owen, ‘What We Ain’t Got’
"He was a gentleman through that process, and I love him for it."
Story Behind the Song: Jon Pardi, ‘Out of Style’
"I came up with a chunk of that [first verse] when I was in the shower. Sometimes that’s where they come to me ..."
Story Behind the Song: Eric Church, ‘Dark Side’
"I get this mystery text on my phone that really felt kind of James Bond-esque ..."
Story Behind the Song: Lindsay Ell, ‘Worth the Wait’
"Songwriters, it’s the craziest thing: You can meet someone you’ve never hung out with, and there’ll be the pleasantries ... Then, all of a sudden ... you’ll share things with another songwriter that you wouldn’t share with God ..."
Cole Swindell’s Mom Cried More Than He Did Over His First Time on the Radio
"Being able to tell her – I know I drove her crazy with country music, singing along [while] riding in car rides as a kid ..."
Story Behind the Song: Lanco, ‘High’
"It was cool when I went in there to play that guitar part and saw those guys sitting around in a band ..."
Dustin Lynch’s First Time on the Radio Involved ‘a Lot of Screaming, a Lot of Tears’
Of course he called his mom and dad, too!