Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson Pop Out Hunting Album

As two of the three members of the Peach Pickers, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson are a big part of the hottest songwriting team in country music right now. The two are also part of an album that should have every turkey in sight shuddering this Thanksgiving season. Rhett and Dallas recorded a hunting-themed project, Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector: The Brotherhood Album, to… uhm… target the field-and-stream community. Rhett established a name for himself as an artist during the 1990s with his hits “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started,” but he’s shifted quite successfully into a songwriting career that has him mostly teamed with Dallas and Ben Hayslip. Known on Music Row as the Peach Pickers for their Georgian roots, they’ve written Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” Joe Nichols’ “Gimmie That Girl” and Josh Turner’s “All Over Me.” And yet, as rockin’ as those songs are, they’re still not quite as amped up as many of the 10 tracks Rhett and Dallas rifle through on Bone Collector. A few of the titles — “My Baby Looks Good In Camouflage,” “Buck Fever” and “Weapons Of Bass Destruction” — give you an idea about most of the album’s tone. Still, a few more find a way to make a dangerous sport almost sentimental. Read More

Josh Turner Parties “All Over”

Josh Turner was suffering from the last remnants of a head cold, but he didn’t let it dent his spirits. Josh joined songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip as the men of the hour at a No. 1 party Tuesday at Rooster’s in Nashville, honoring his quirky, summer-themed hit, “All Over Me.” Coming on the heels of “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” the song made Josh one of only six artists to notch a pair of No. 1 singles this year, according to Billboard. The significance of that moment was not lost on him. Read More

Billy Currington “Pretty Good” at Going No. 1

Beer was flowing. That’s exactly how it should have been as Billy Currington was honored Thursday in Nashville with a No. 1 party for “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer” at Rooster’s, a bar on the edge of downtown. It marked the sixth No. 1 single for Billy and his fourth in a row, following “Don’t, “People Are Crazy” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll.” Performing rights organization BMI threw the party to honor Billy and the song’s writer, Troy Jones. “These things never get old,” Billy said. Read More

Josh Turner Is “All Over” It at No. 1

Summer officially segued into fall a few weeks ago, but a song Josh Turner put out to take advantage of the last season just peaked at No. 1. “All Over Me” is bathed in string bikinis, suntan oil and riverside romance, and it hit the top of both the Billboard and Country Aircheck charts this week. It follows “Why Don’t We Just Dance” to the pinnacle of the weekly lists. According to Billboard, Josh joins the Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Billy Currington and Lady Antebellum as the only acts to have two No. 1 singles thus far in 2010. Read More

Luke Bryan Finds “Rain” Is Good for No. 1 Party

“Rain makes corn / Corn makes whiskey.” And you know what whiskey does: It “makes my baby feel a little frisky.” That playful chorus played out well for a couple of longtime friends Tuesday as Luke Bryan and his co-writer, Dallas Davidson, were honored at BMI in Nashville with a No. 1 party for “Rain Is A Good Thing.” From guitarist J.T. Corenflos’ pinging intro all the way through to the big pile of sound in the single’s waning moments, “Rain” is nothing but a good time. Luke and Dallas know a thing or two about good times. They attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro together, and they shared an apartment in Nashville when they first moved to Tennessee. Read More