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The Highway’s CMA Songwriter Special: The Stories Behind ‘American Kids,’ ‘Girl Crush,’ ‘Like a Cowboy,’ ‘Take Your Time” & ‘Like a Wrecking Ball’ (Recap)



It was already a busy day the morning Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose co-wrote a new song called “Girl Crush.”

“We didn’t think anything of it,” Hillary was saying on the eve of the CMA Awards, still remembering being in her pajamas and writing what she calls a “coffee song” around 9:00 a.m. “Really. Honestly.”

Trying to put it all in perspective, Lindsey said: “You can’t pretend to know any of what was going to happen. We’re all trying to write a love song every day that no one has heard before – and that’s just our job.”

The three were gathered onstage at Sirius XM’s CMA Songwriters Special on The Highway. The show brought together seven of the songwriters behind this year’s nominees for Song of The Year.

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Hall of Fangirl – July 2015

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With a new month comes a new Hall of Fangirl (wait a second; how did it get to July already?!), and as usual we’re spotlighting a few songwriters featured on a major country album release recently. Although we’ve featured most of these songwriters before, I thought it was time to talk about those who contributed to Kacey Musgraves’ brilliant sophomore album ‘Pageant Material’, and how they’ve made Kacey’s music what it is.

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The Best Songs You’ve Never Heard: Nashville’s Uncut Demos

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Kat Higgins

Written by Esther Harper

Some of the best music out there today isn’t on well-known artists’ albums; it’s hiding on SoundCloud. Beyond being a vehicle for artists and labels to feature sample tracks from their new work, SoundCloud is a magical repository of uncut demo tracks just waiting for an audience.

Here are some of the best songs you’ve never heard of…

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Hall of Fangirl – July 2014

We’re back again as the summer hots up for another Hall of Fangirl, featuring the acts that I’ve been fangirling over for the past month. Following on from the last two features, this time I’ll be spotlighting more songwriters that make Nashville what it is, this time with Carrie Underwood as the artistic link. Read on for more!

Hillary Lindsey


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