Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways.
Of course you know Taylor Swift's hit songs. And you probably know her movie roles and songs inspired by famous boyfriends ... But do you know what her first job was? Or which family member gave her the gift of song? And did you know she once recorded a song about a country singer not named Tim McGraw?
Reba McEntire really is the hardest working woman in country music. The legend grew up in a rancher's household, meaning she often got more done before sunrise than some do in a week. There were some jobs that weren't for the squeamish ... OK, there's one job in particular that will make a city boy squirm, but during this episode of 'You Think You Know Country?' you'll see how holding a bucket led to holding several CMA and ACM Awards.
Friends, teachers, classmates ... everyone agrees that young Garth Brooks was pretty popular with the ladies before he got married and became famous. In this episode of 'You Think You Know Country?' you'll learn what intimate activity the country legend compares being on stage to, and how long his first crack at Music City greatness lasted.
Tim McGraw and Keith Urban are headlining the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. and they're hoping you'll come see them perform their hits. You don't even need to worry about the cost of getting there. Enter here for your chance to win a trip for two to Hunter Mountain next June!
Eric Church struggled after signing his current record deal, but did you know it wasn't his first offer? Nope -- Church could barely drive when Nashville suits came calling, but he turned them down. Find out why in this episode of 'You Think You Know Country?'
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