Don Schlitz

Don Schlitz was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He briefly attended Duke University before moving to Nashville in 1973.

His first recorded song, “The Gambler” won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 1978, and the Country Music Association’s Best Song Award in 1979.

Don’s songs have played major roles in the careers of Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, and many other singers. His 50 Top Ten’s include 24 #1’s.

Schlitz was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year for four consecutive years from 1988-91. He has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards, two ACM Song of the Year awards, two Grammy’s, and has had many more nominations. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association hall of Fame in 1993.

In 2010, he released his first studio album in 30 years, “Allergic to Crazy”, and his first “Greatest Hits” album; he received the Academy of Country Music’s Poet’s Honor; and he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

Don’s hits include: “On the Other Hand”, “Forever and Ever, Amen”, “Deeper Than the Holler”, “Heroes and Friends” (all sung by Randy Travis), “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”, “I Feel Lucky”, “I Take My Chances” (Mary Chapin Carpenter), “When You Say Nothing at All” (Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss), “Learning to Live Again” (Garth Brooks), “Houston Solution” (Ronnie Milsap), “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain”, “Turn Me Loose”, “I Know Where I’m Going” (The Judds), “One Promise Too Late” (Reba McEntire), “Forty Hour Week” (Alabama), “If You Can Do Anything Else” (George Strait), “Give Me Wings” (Michael Johnson), “Strong Enough to Bend”, “My Arms Stay Open All Night”, “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” (Tanya Tucker), “The Greatest” (Kenny Rogers), “Stand a Little Rain”, “When It’s Gone”, “I Love Only You” (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), “Old School” (John Conlee), “I Watched It All (on my radio)” (Lionel Cartwright), “You Can’t Make Old Friends” (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), and many, many more.

He also wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.

In 2012, Don was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Kenny Rogers inducted him, saying “Don doesn’t just write songs. He writes careers.”

Schlitz was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October of 2017, along with Alan Jackson and Jerry Reed.

 

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#1 SONGS
  • “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers
    • 1979 Grammy Award for “Country Song of the Year”
    • 1979 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
  • “When You Say Nothing at All” – Keith Whitley
    • #2 country chart for Alison Krauss and 1995 CMA Award for “Single of the Year”
    • #1 UK chart for Ronan Keating
  • “On The Other Hand” – Randy Travis
    • 1986 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1986 ACM Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1986 NSAI Award for “Song of the Year”
  • “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis
    • 1987 CMA Award for “Song of the Year”
    • 1988 Grammy Award for “Country Song of the Year”
  • “Turn It Loose” – The Judds
  • “Strong Enough To Bend” – Tanya Tucker
  • “One Promise Too Late” – Reba McEntire
  • “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” – Tanya Tucker w/ Paul Overstreet & Paul Davis
  • “Almost Goodbye” – Mark Chesnutt
  • “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain” – The Judds
  • “Daddy’s Come Around” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Deeper Than the Holler” – Randy Travis
  • “40 Hour Week (For A Livin’) – Alabama
  • “You Again” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Give Me Wings” – Michael Johnson
  • “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “I Know Where I’m Going” – The Judds
  • “Learning to Live Again” by Garth Brooks
  • “I Think About You” – Collin Raye
  • “My Arms Stay Open All Night” – Tanya Tucker
  • “Loved Too Much” – Ty Herndon
  • “I Take My Chances” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “Heroes and Friends” by Randy Travis
TOP 10 SONGS
  •  “Ball & Chain” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Stand A Little Rain” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “If You Can Do Anything Else” – George Strait
  • “The Battle Hymn of Love” – Kathy Mattea
  • “Crazy from the Heart” by The Bellamy Brothers
  • “Crying Shame” – Michael Johnson
  • “Good As I Was To You” – Lorrie Morgan
  • “I Love Only You” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “Guardian Angels” by The Judds
  • “Houston Solution” – Ronnie Milsap
  • “Old School” – John Conlee
  • “I Could Be Persuaded” by The Bellamy Brothers
  • “I Feel Lucky” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • “Oh Heart” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Point Of Light” – Randy Travis
  • “I Think About It All The Time” – John Berry
  • “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town” – Sweethearts of the Rodeo
  • “When It’s Gone” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • “Sowin’ Love” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Cheatin’” – Sara Evans
  • “Guardian Angels” – The Judds
  • “I Watched It All (On My Radio)” by Lionel Cartwright
  • “You’ll Never Be Sorry” – Bellamy Brothers
  • “True Heart” – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “Richest Man On Earth” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Satisfy You” by Sweethearts of the Rodeo
  • “The River & The Highway” – Pam Tillis
  • “Long Shot” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Say What’s In Your Heart” – Restless Heart
  • “True Heart” – The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “She Deserves You” – Baillie & The Boys
  • “Why They Call It Falling” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “Long Shot” by Baillie & the Boys

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Allen Shamblin

Allen Shamblin was born in Tennessee and grew up in Huffman, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Houston. After graduating with a Marketing degree from Sam Houston State University, Allen moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked as a real -estate appraiser by day and honed his songwriting skills by night.  In August of 1987, Allen moved to Nashville, with 14 completed songs.  His “story songs” with vivid detail and honest, earthy lyrics quickly caught the ear of the Nashville music establishment.

 

In 1989, it was Randy Travis’ #1 version of He Walked On Water, which brought Allen to the forefront of the songwriting community seemingly “overnight.” This began a string of award winning songs throughout the 1990’s and on into the new millennium such as “Walk On Faith” by Mike Reid, “In This Life” by Collin Raye, “Thinkin’ Problem” by David Ball, “Life’s A Dance” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Were In Love” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Laugh At Me” by Mark Wills, “Live, Laugh, Love” by Clay Walker, “Where The Blacktop Ends” by Keith Urban and Dove Award winner “It’s In God’s Hands Now” by Anointed. “I Can’t Make You Love Me,“a song co-written with Mike Reid and recorded by Bonnie Raitt was nominated for a Grammy Award and voted the #8 song of “The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time” in the August 2000 issue of Mojo Magazine

 

Allen has also co-authored two children’s books “Don’t Laugh At Me” and “A Chance To Shine” with his friend and co-writer, Steve Seskin. “Don’t Laugh At Me” has been translated into several languages and is being used by teachers throughout the United States and other parts of the world as an aid against bullying.

 

Allen has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists in several genres of music.  He currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Lori and their three children on a small farm with 3 horses, 2 burros, 1 Texas Longhorn steer, 5 goats, 1 rooster and too many dogs and cats.

 

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#1 SONGS

 

  • “Walk On Faith” – Mike Reid
  • “Don’t’ Laugh At Me” – Mark Wills
  • “He Walked On Water” – Randy Travis
  • “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
      • 2011 Grammy award for Best Female Country Performance
  • “Where The Blacktop Ends” – Keith Urban
  • “In This Life” – Collin Raye
  • “We Were In Love” – Toby Keith
  • “Thinkin’ Problem” – David Ball

 

TOP 10 SONGS

 

  • “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt
      • Ranked one of the greatest songs of all time
  •  “Life’s A Dance” – John Michael Montgomery

 

Other cuts by:  The Judds, Patty Loveless, Anointed, Steve Wariner, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Ricky Van Shelton, Ashley Monroe, Mike Reid, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, Neal McCoy, Dan Seals

 

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Paul Overstreet

Overstreet was born in Vancleave, Mississippi. Prior to his solo success, he was one third of the trio S-K-O, in which he recorded one studio album. S-K-O (also known as Schuyler, Knobloch & Overstreet) with Thom Schuyler and J. Fred Knobloch. S-K-O charted three singles with Overstreet as a member, including the #1 “Baby’s Got a New Baby”.
In 1988, Overstreet signed to RCA Nashville as a solo artist. His second solo album, Sowin’ Love, accounted for five straight Top 10 hits on the country charts: “Love Helps Those”, the title track, “All the Fun”, “Seein’ My Father in Me” and “Richest Man on Earth.” His second album, 1990’s Heroes, produced the #1 lead-off single “Daddy’s Come Around”, which was followed by the Top 10’s “Heroes” and “Ball and Chain”.
During his songwriting career, primarily in the Country genre, Overstreet has written or co-written 27 Top Ten songs. During this time, he has won two Grammy Awards and also won ACM and CMA Song of the Year Awards (1987 and 1988). Overstreet was named the BMI Songwriter of the Year five straight years, from 1987–91, an achievement on music row that has not been achieved before or since. He co-wrote “A Long Line of Love”, “Love Can Build a Bridge”, and “Forever and Ever, Amen”. Other well-known hits of recent years he is known for are “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and “Some Beach” by Blake Shelton, which was a Number One hit in 2004.
Paul Overstreet is best known for writing country music mainstays such as “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “On the Other Hand”, both of which were #1 hits for Randy Travis. He also co-wrote “When You Say Nothing at All” which was a #1 for Keith Whitley, and later a Top Five hit in 1995 for Alison Krauss, and revived later in 1999 by Ronan Keating of Boyzone.
In 2003, Paul was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Overstreet’s sons, Nash and Chord, are also musicians. Nash is the lead guitarist for the pop band Hot Chelle Rae, while Chord played Sam Evans on Glee and signed with Island Records in 2016.

 

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#1 SONGS
  • “Seein’ My Father In Me” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Daddy’s Come Around” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Baby’s Got A New Baby” – SKO
  • “When You Say Nothing At All” – Keith Whitley
  • “On The Other Hand” – Randy Travis
  • “Some Beach” – Blake Shelton
  • “Forever & Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis
  • “My Arms Stay Open All Night” – Tanya Tucker
  • “I Fell In Love Again Last Night” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Deeper Than The Holler” – Randy Travis
  • “You (Again)” – The Forester Sisters
  • “Diggin’ Up Bones” – Randy Travis
  • “Love Can Build A Bridge” – The Judds
  • “A Long Line Of Love” – Michael Martin Murphy
  • “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” – Tanya Tucker with Paul Overstreet and Paul Davis
  • “You’re Still New To Me” – Marie Osmond and Paul Davis

 

TOP 10 SONGS
  • “All The Fun” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Ball & Chain” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Heroes” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Love Helps Those” – Paul Overstreet
  • “Richest Man On Earth” – Paul Overstreet
  • “You Can’t Stop Love” – Paul Overstreet
  • “No Place Like Home” – Randy Travis
  • “Battle Hymn Of Love” – Kathy Mattea
  • “Houston Solution” – Ronnie Milsap
  • “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy” – Kenny Chesney
  • “One Love At A Time” – Tanya Tucker
  • “One Of Those Things” – Pam Tillis
  • “Same Ole Me” – George Jones
  • “When You Say Nothing At All” – Alison Krauss
  • “Somebody’s Doin’ Me Right” – Keith Whitley

 

Other cuts by:  Lee Greenwood, Glen Campbell, Tracy Byrd, Tammy Wynette, Kristen Kelly, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lionel Cartwright, Oak Ridge Boys, Shelby Lynn