"THREATEN ME WITH HEAVEN"
The 20-time Grammy winner's new single-his first in nearly four years!-is about "someone who receives really dire news," he says. "Their response is, 'What are they going to do? Threaten me with heaven?'"
"KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY"
The song, from Owen's new Barefoot Blue Jean Night CD, is a toast to the U.S. of A., says the singer. "Whether you're driving around on a tractor or working in insurance in New York City, we're all living under the same stars and stripes. It's good to live the American dream."
"YOU AND TEQUILA"
Berg cowrote this tune, a Top 10 hit for Kenny Chesney, for The Dreaming Fields-her first CD in nearly 14 years. "Kenny's version is totally different; it's more muscular," she says. "Mine's more wistful and airy and a little sadder."
"HUNT YOU DOWN"
Hodges, who's been opening for Toby Keith on tour, says his debut single "is about living in the moment and losing yourself in a girl you just met."
This laid-back ballad celebrates "just taking it easy with your partner, making it last," says Currington. "It's really simple but it means a lot."
The singer got discovered by John Rich after posting a version of this song on MySpace. "I signed a record deal in February, and now it's my first single on country radio," he says. "It's a crazy story."
"COST OF LIVIN'"
The second single off Dunn's first solo album is "stripped back to an organ, acoustic guitar and vocal," he says. "We had to fight to get it through political channels, but it gives an accurate depiction of what's going on in America with our economy and the jobless situation."
"BREAKIN' UP THING"
This song about a serial dater who becomes an expert at the "breaking up thing" has "a '70s retro country vibe," says Clark. "It has a Ronnie Milsap, 'There's No Getting over Me' kind of groove. It makes your head bop and it's great for line dancing."
ZAC BROWN WANTS YOU TO HEAR...
"MY NAME IS MONEY"
Brown signed fellow Atlantan Leigh to his record label this spring and gave her a spot on his summer tour. The first single from her new CD, due Sept. 27, "is about the power of money," she says. "When people are about to get paid, they're on top of the world. It's a powerful thing."