THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: SONGWRITERS NIGHT
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This evening features a group of renowned Nashville songwriters telling the stories behind their biggest hits, along with performing those hits.
Jim Collins – As a songwriter, Collins has had over 200 of his songs recorded, including singles by Kenny Chesney (“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”, “The Good Stuff”, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven”), Chad Brock (“Yes!”), Jason Aldean (“Big Green Tractor”), and Gretchen Wilson (“I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today”) which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. “The Good Stuff” was Billboard’s Number One country single for 7 weeks of 2002. In 2002 “The Good Stuff” won ASCAP song of the year, was Academy of country music’s single of the year. Jim’s next number one song was courtesy of his fellow Texas native and country music legend, George Strait, who took “It Just Comes Natural” to the top of the charts for four weeks in 2006. The Thompson Square song “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 2011, won Country Air Checks song of the year and was iTunes country song of the year. In 2014 Easton Corbin’s song “Baby Be My Love Song” topped the charts at position number 3 in the US Country Airplay (Billboard). In 2020 Jim Collins was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Tim Nichols – Tim has been writing hit songs for the past 25 years for artists including “Girls Lie Too” and “I Wanna Do It All” by Terri Clark, “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” by Trace Adkins and “I’ll Think Of a Reason Later” by Lee Ann Womack. In 2004, Nichols co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” with Craig Wiseman, which set a new record of 10 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Radio & Records chart, won the Best Country Song Grammy award in 2005 and was nominated for the Grammy Song of the Year. It also won the Song of the Year award from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, BMI Country Awards, ASCAP Country Awards and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. It is the only song ever to have won every major song award that is presented for country music. Other artists to record Nichols’ songs include Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Gretchen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye and Clay Walker. Read More
Rivers Rutherford – After moving to Nashville in 1993, Rivers quickly found his place in the world as an entertainer, studio guitar player and songwriter. In 1996, Rivers signed with Universal Music Publishing and remains with the company today. Artists including Gretchen Wilson, Gary Allan, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Trick Pony, Blake Shelton, Deana Carter, Clay Davidson, Jamie O’Neal and Andy Griggs have since recorded Rutherford’s songs. He has written several number one country hits, including “Ain’t Nothing ’bout You” by Brooks & Dunn, “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” by Montgomery Gentry, “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw, “Living in Fast Forward” by Kenny Chesney, “Ladies Love Country Boys” by Trace Adkins, and “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins.
Wynn Varble – After many years of playing in honkytonks, bars and feed store parking lots, he decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit to Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then he has had dozens of hits including three number ones…all three were nominated as Song of The Year by either CMA or ACM and sometimes both. Those songs are: “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waitin’ on A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. Wynn received Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 2009. Wynn has three songs on the new Garth Brooks CD “Man Against Machine”, including the current hit single, “Mom”.