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DOWNLOAD: "BAREFOOT AND CRAZY"
"It's about letting loose," says the singer, whose new CD, Big Dreams and High Hopes, is out Aug. 25. "I want to hear it being played out of people's boats and see hot chicks lying by the water listening to it."
KATE & KACEY
DOWNLOAD: "DREAMING LOVE"
The 26-year-old twins hope the harmony-driven ballad inspires others to take a chance on love, even if they've had their hearts broken before. "We should always be hopeful," says Kacey.
JONATHAN SINGLETON & THE GROVE
DOWNLOAD: "Livin' in Paradise"
WHO THEY ARE
Lead singer Jonathan Singleton (who cowrote Gary Allan's "Watching Airplanes" and Billy Currington's "Don't") and bandmates Josh Smith, Dustin Nunley, Justin Dudley, Andy Dixon and William Coats.
Singleton, 31, cowrote this song during a tough-luck stretch when he and his wife couldn't afford to pay rent for nine months. "But in that struggle we grew closer," he says.
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WILLIE NELSON & ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
Blues and western swing make for "shake-your-butt music," says Asleep's Ray Benson.
"SOUNDS LIKE LIFE TO ME"
It's about surviving hard times, Worley says. "How you find the strength to suck it up and struggle on."
Written for her new musical 9 to 5, "it's about not judging people by how they look," says Parton.
Siblings Michael, Leslie and Scott channel a vintage vibe in this song about forbidden love.
An ode to a small-town church, the gospel-tinged song marks Lawrence's venture into what he calls "country spiritual."