One could do worse then choosing to spend holiday cash or gift cards on songs included in this Top 40 Country Songs of January 2013 list. Superstars like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood are included, as are newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Kasey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. The No. 1 song belongs to an artist who took nearly three years between albums, and has recently returned with a stirring song of inspiration.
It's standard practice for new artists trying to hone in on their sound to match up with many of Nashville's A-list songwriters. But when it came time for Brett Beavers and Tim Nichols to collaborate with Dustin Lynch on his 'She Cranks My Tractor' lyrics, magic happened.
Miranda Lambert presented the first of the 2012 American Country Awards winners with guitar on Monday (Dec. 10) night, but later came back to accept three of her own at the star-studded event. However, it was Luke Bryan's night to shine, as the 'I Don't Want This Night to End' singer won nine total ACAs, including two for his radio successes.
While Kelly Clarkson's 'Don't Rush' lyrics were not intended for her originally, the song wound up in her hands and was a perfect fit. Not only did she nail the vocals, but Clarkson also had the good sense to bring in the heavenly voice of Vince Gill, which left the song's three writers -- Natalie Hemby, Blu Sanders and Lindsay Chapman -- beyond thrilled with the outcome.
The Liquid Neon Tour will be on hiatus until Chris Young gets his voice back. The singer has been put on vocal rest, forcing him to reschedule upcoming shows in Huntsville, Ala., Savannah, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn.
Jana Kramer cut short a show in West Palm Beach, Fla. and was taken to the hospital after falling ill on Saturday night (Dec. 1). Her boyfriend, fellow country singer Brantley Gilbert, was also at the WIRK Country Christmas show and was able to swoop in to carry her off of the stage when it became clear she couldn't continue.
Luke Bryan has two songs on the Top 40 Country Songs for December 2012 list -- both in the Top 10 -- but neither is the month's hottest. It's a repeat honor for one country duo, who just one year ago were unsigned newcomers looking for a break.
The Band Perry make a big leap this month, and new s
Toby Keith's 'Hope on the Rocks' lyrics chipped away at the singer's mind for quite a while before he finally put them to paper last year. The tune is the latest single from Keith's album of the same name.
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