In May of 2010, Trace Adkins released "This Ain't No Love Song" as the second single from his Cowboy's Back in Town album. Written by Marcel Chagnon, Tony Lane and David Lee, Adkins took the tune to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Below, Lee tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

I wrote this song with Marcel [Chagnon] and Tony Lane, [in 2009], around end of summer. We were at Universal Music Publishing, and it was our first time getting together with Marcel. The publishing company wanted Tony and me to get with him and write; they though we'd be good together, and it ended up being a good hookup.

We sat down, and Marcel had kind of a melody ... and sort of a title. It was something about "love song," I can't remember ... but something like, "this is a love song." It might have even been the same title -- but he had a melody that didn't go with his title. So we just sat and discussed the title for a while and found a way to merge a different melody with the idea.

Tony pretty much wrote the first verse while we were sitting there:"Well, my heart didn't skip a beat / When I saw you standing there / Lookin' like some kind of angel / Like you were walking on air ..." -- it just popped out of him. And then the chorus started coming ... the first couple of lines of the chorus: "This ain't no love song / I just felt like getting my guitar on ..." -- and I started doing that groove. Then Marcel jumped in and started throwing stuff in. It was definitely a collaborative effort, with the three of us.

Trace got the song through his producer, Michael Knox. Michael played it for Trace, and he loved it. He did a really good job on it!

This story was written by Marianne Horner, and revised by Angela Stefano.

Country's Greatest Love Stories