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DOWNLOAD: “Don’t Ya”
Eldredge co-penned his latest single after watching a female fan at one of his shows put all the guys around her under a spell. “I wanted to write a song about how girls play tricks on our minds,” he says. “For example, a girl could be brushing her hair, looking at you and then looking away. She acts like she is not doing all that, but she is. And she knows it. I wanted to put that in a song. I still have that picture of that girl in my mind, her being tricky.” But the singer, whose first album is out Aug. 6, is not being sexist. “Guys do it too,” he says. “We’re just not as good at it.”
DOWNLOAD: “Redneck Crazy”
What’s a guy to do when his girl cheats on him? “Not anything factually crazy, just redneck crazy,” says Farr. “Like sitting on the hood of your truck on her front lawn, listening to Hank Jr., throwing beer cans.” The quirky ballad “just made me laugh,” he says.
DOWNLOAD: “He Loves to Make Me Cry”
Make no mistake: The title references waterworks, but “we’re talking happy tears,” says Kelly, who cowrote the tune with Even Stevens and Paul Overstreet. “This is about a man who knows how to treat his woman and make her feel good. It’s kind of simple. He’s doing a lot of things right.”
A season 2 contestant on The Voice, Sebastian cowrote this tune about a jilted lover who takes the high road. “It’s not the typical throw-clothes-in-the-yard-and-burn-them story,” she says. “Instead, it’s girl power. It’s ‘Get out. You don’t get me; all you get is a suitcase.'”
The first single from the 2006 Nashville Star contestant is “a dark-sounding happy song,” says Ashley. “It’s about a girl who doesn’t have a whole lot of self-esteem, but the guy loves everything about her.” And Ashley says the song is already a hit in his live performances. “It tugs at your heartstrings,” he says. “The message is: ‘No matter what you’ve gone through or who you feel like you are, I still love you no matter what, and I wish you’d just let me do that.'”
She may play the strong-willed Juliette Barnes in Nashville, but this song—from the show’s Volume 2 soundtrack—is about a guy who leaves the actress powerless in love.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER!
THE DAUGHTERS OF TRAVIS TRITT AND TOBY KEITH KEEP UP THE FAMILY TRADITION WITH MUSICAL DEBUTS
TYLER REESE & TRAVIS
DOWNLOAD: “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”
When Travis Tritt decided to remake this 1992 rock hit as a country single, he didn’t have to look far for a duet partner: His 15-year-old daughter Tyler had learned all the words listening to dad’s demo in the car. “I heard her sing it, and she had it down,” he says. “She has a tremendous voice and she nailed it.”
KRYSTAL & TOBY
DOWNLOAD: “Daddy Dance with Me”
Krystal, who is working on her first album, actually debuted this celebration of dads and daughters as a sentimental surprise for her famous father at her wedding in 2010. “He was shocked,” says Krystal, 27. “It’s a very emotional and sweet song. He said, ‘I almost shed a tear, but I’m a professional.'”