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Nashville Songwriter: Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits


Nashville Songwriter shares true stories of the inspirations behind hits, as recounted by some of the biggest multi-platinum country songwriters. This book from music biographer Jake Brown includes exclusive commentary from country superstars and interviews with today’s biggest hit writers on Music Row. Included are the stories behind Local 433 (Austin, TX) member Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind”; George Jone’s “Tennessee Whiskey”; Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires”; Local 433 member George Strait’s “Fool Hearted Memory”; Local 257 member Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down”; Local 257 member Trace Adkins “Your Gonna Miss This”; and many more.
Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits,

by Jake Brown, BenBella Books, (

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