Songwriters

This page is about some of the brilliant work that’s been done and being done today by songwriters in Music City as they continue to make soundwaves that travel to every part of the world and brighten people’s days.

Dave Berg is my all-time favorite songwriter. Dave’s written some big hits, including, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” and “Stupid Boy.” Other songs I really like by Dave are: “One Can Be A Lot” and “That’s Good, That’s Bad.” These haven’t been cut yet, but could well be in the future.

Terry Fernihough is another one of my favorite songwriters and a good friend. Songs like “Honky Tonk Senses” and “We Don’t,” which Terry performed at the 2009 Tin Pan North Songwriter’s Circle in Toronto, show serious potential to be cut and become hits. Check out his blog here.

Here are some of my other favorites (some of whom are also major recording artists). I’ve followed their name with some of the songs I like the most that they have written or co-written, followed by the musician that cut the song.


Rivers Rutherford
“Ain’t Nothin’ ‘Bout You,” Brooks & Dunn.
“When I Get Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.
“Jesus Was a Country Boy,” Clay Walker.
“Stealing Cinderella,” Chuck Wicks.
“I Want to Live,” Josh Gracin.
“When the Lights Go Down,” Faith Hill.


Craig Wiseman

“She’s Got It All,” “Summertime” Kenny Chesney.
“Everywhere,” “Cowboy In Me,” “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim McGraw.
“Believe,” Brooks & Dunn.
“Good ‘Ole Days,” Phil Vassar.
“Hell Yeah,” Montgomery Gentry.
“It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” Chris Knight.
“Voices,” Chris Young.
“No Love Songs,” Chris Cagle.


Tim Nichols

“Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim McGraw.
“Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Jo Dee Messina.
“That’d Be Alright,” Alan Jackson.
“She’s Got It All,” Kenny Chesney.
“She Only Smokes When She Drinks,” Joe Nichols.
“I’m Over You,” “Brotherly Love,” Keith Whitley.
“The Man I Want To Be,” Chris Young.


Paul Overstreet

“Everywhere We Go,” “Never Gonna Feel Like That Again,” Kenny Chesney.
“Forever and Ever, Amen,” Randy Travis.
“When You Say Nothing at All,” Keith Whitley/Alison Krauss.
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Kenny Chesney.
“Some Beach,” Blake Shelton.

Brad Paisley
“Two People Fell in Love.”
“Letter to Me.”
“Alcohol.”
“Mud On the Tires.”
“I’m Still A Guy.”
“Online.”

Luke Bryan
“We Rode In Trucks.”
“Good Directions,” Billy Currington.
“Tackle Box.”
“Country Man.”
“I’ll Stay Me.”
“Welcome to the Farm.”
“Everytime I See You.”
“Rain is a Good Thing.”

Rhett Akins
“That Ain’t My Truck,” Rhett Akins.
“Don’t Get Me Started,” Rhett Akins.
“Doin’ My Thing,” Luke Bryan.
“Chicken and Biscuits,” Colt Ford.
“Barefoot and Crazy,” Jack Ingram.
“Gimmie That Girl,” Joe Nichols.
“Put A Girl In It,” Brooks & Dunn.

Brett Beavers
“What Was I Thinkin’,”
“Every Mile a Memory,” “Long Trip Alone,” “Prodigal Son’s Prayer,”
“The Heaven I’m Headed To,” “Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go),” Dierks Bentley.
“How ‘Bout You,” Eric Church.
“Let It Go,” Tim McGraw.

George Teren
“Busy Man,” Billy Ray Cyrus.

“When I Get Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.
“Stealing Cinderella,” Chuck Wicks.
“Ladies Love Country Boys,” Trace Adkins.
“Running Out of Reasons to Run,” Rick Trevino.
“My Life’s Been a Country Song,” Chris Cagle.
“Green,” Blake Shelton.

Jim Collins
“Nobody Drinks Alone,” Keith Urban.
“It Just Comes Natural,” George Strait.
“Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” “The Good Stuff,” Kenny Chesney.
“Big Green Tractor,” Jason Aldean.

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