Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music?s Greatest Hits

Paperback | September 9, 2014

byJake Brown

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You’ve heard them on the radio, listened to them on repeat for days, and sang along at the top of your lungs—but have you ever wondered about the real stories behind all your favorite country songs?

Nashville Songwriter gives readers the first completely authorized collection of the true stories that inspired hits by the biggest multi-platinum country superstars of the last half century—recounted by the songwriters themselves. Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown gives readers an unprecedented, intimate glimpse inside the world of country music songwriting.

Featuring exclusive commentary from country superstars and chapter-length interviews with today’s biggest hit-writers on Music Row, this book chronicles the stories behind smash hits such as:

Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind”
Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Southern Voice,” and “Real Good Man”
George Jones’s “Tennessee Whiskey”
Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova”
Brooks & Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You”
Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned the Night” and “Just a Kiss”
Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires,” “We Danced,” and “I’m Still a Guy”
Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again,” “Crash My Party,” and “That’s My Kind of Night”
The Oak Ridge Boys’s “American Made”
George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” and “The Best Day,”
Rascal Flatts’s “Fast Cars and Freedom,” and “Take Me There”
Kenny Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” and “When the Sun Goes Down”
Ricochet’s “Daddy’s Money”
Montgomery Gentry’s “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”
The Crickets’s “I Fought the Law”
Tom T. Hall’s “A Week in a County Jail” and “That Song Is Driving Me Crazy”
Trace Adkins’s “You’re Gonna Miss This”
David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle”
Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and “Fly Over States”
And many more top country hits over the past 40 years!

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You’ve heard them on the radio, listened to them on repeat for days, and sang along at the top of your lungs—but have you ever wondered about the real stories behind all your favorite country songs? Nashville Songwriter gives readers the first completely authorized collection of the true stories that inspired hits by the biggest multi-...

Award-winning Music biographer Jake Brown has written 35 published books in his decade-long career, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock's biggest artists, including 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart (with Ann and Nancy Wilson), living guitar legend Joe Satriani, heavy metal pioneers Motorhead (with Le...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1940363179

ISBN - 13:9781940363172

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"Nashville Songwriter is an outstanding read from cover to cover. If you have any interest at all in what goes on behind the scenes in the songwriting business, you need to read this book."—American Songwriter Magazine"You know the words, but do you know the story behind them? In a new book, Nashville Songwriter, music biographer Jake Brown interviews elite country songwriters 'to get the true stories behind country music’s biggest and most enduring hits.'"—Parade Magazine"With back stories on such titles as Willie Nelson’s "Always On My Mind," Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and Tim McGraw’s "Live Like You Were Dying," the book puts songwriters in the spotlight, including artist-writers Bill Anderson, Tom T. Hall and David Lee Murphy, as well as such full-time authors as Neil Thrasher ("Fly Over States"), Tom Shapiro ("Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You"), Dallas Davidson ("Play It Again") and Dean Dillon ("Ocean Front Property")."—Billboard Country