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March 6, 2020

 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND

Writers:  John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Recorded by:  The Beatles

February 9, 1964. A day that threw the universe into a wild frenzy and changed history forever. The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time and life was never the sam...

September 5, 2018

Written by:  Rivers Rutherford and George Teren

Recorded by:  Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton

“When I Get Where I’m Going” was a #1 hit in 2005 for Brad Paisley, and featured Dolly Parton on background vocals. It is one of my personal favorites for many of reasons. W...

April 18, 2018

I have worked in the country music industry for over 30 years. I’ve heard a lot of hit songs, but there are some that just stand out. “When You Say Nothing At All” is one of those songs. It continues to be one of my absolute favorites, and for good reason.

Written by Pa...

February 6, 2018

“MAMA’S BROKEN HEART”

Written by:  Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

Here is one of my absolute favorite country songs of the last 10 years. Superbly written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert made this gem her own on her 201...

December 6, 2017

Song: “Mary, Did You Know?”
Words: Mark Lowry
Music: Buddy Greene

It’s already December and we are hearing Christmas music everywhere we go!! Radio, stores, restaurants, movies, etc. rely heavily on Christmas music this time of year. Many of the songs we hear are Christ...

September 11, 2017

It’s helpful to study hit songs to try to understand their appeal. Why did it work commercially? Why did radio play it and why did people respond to it? These are important questions to ponder as we study songwriting.

One of my favorite songs on country radio over the l...

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