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bryanwhite-shaniatwain-boot-200-120909Bryan White, who has charted 17 singles on the country charts, including No. 1 hits 'Someone Else's Star,' and 'Rebecca Lynn,' was asleep on his tour bus in 1997 when he got a phone call that shocked him beyond his wildest imagination.

"I was asleep on the tour bus in Chicago, Ill. -- it was the era of no cell phones. We had this analog phone on our bus that we only used for emergencies. We got a call on it, and my tour manager came and woke me up, and said, 'You need to get up.' 'I said, 'What for?' He said, 'Just get up, you need to get up ... Mutt Lange and Shania Twain are on the phone.' I was clearing my throat and trying to wrap my mind around why I was talking to Shania Twain and Mutt Lange at 9 o'clock in the morning because, for me, back then, 9 o'clock in the morning was an ungodly early!

Shania was calling, of course, to ask Bryan to duet with her on 'From This Moment On' -- the love song that is now a country classic.

"They asked me just point blank, 'We have a song on our next project that we think you would be great on. (She said) How would you feel about being my duet partner?' I said, 'Absolutely.'

"Typically I'll make a joke when I'm in a scenario like that when I'm shocked. But I was just very business like, and I said, 'Absolutely, I'd love to do it. Tell me when to be there.'

"Of course, after I hung up, I was turning cartwheels. They were writing the song – I think they were in the process of finishing it. So they sang the chorus to me, and they wanted me to sing it back to them so they could make sure that they tracked the song in the right key so I ended up singing with them a little bit on the phone to figure out the right key. Then I hung up, said 'Thanks,' and a month or two later I was in Lake Placid, N.Y., singing a duet with her. It was a great experience. I had so much fun, and it's one of those surreal, storybook, fairytale kind of feeling that you kind of wish it would have lasted longer."

So why does Bryan think they picked him?

"I don't know," he confesses. "I've heard her ... I'm just quoting what she has said, so I'm not tooting my own horn, but I have heard her say that I am her favorite male singer in country music ... I guess through seeing me on CMT or hearing me on the radio or whatever, she just was drawn to what I do. She just said she loved my voice and thought I would be great for the song. I'm so proud of it. The thing about records is: once they're down, they're down. They're just etched in stone. It's like carving your name on a tree. It'll always be there. People will always be able to listen to that. My kids will always be able to listen to that, and go, 'Wow, that's my dad.' I'm so grateful for that opportunity."

Bryan says he'd love to work with Shania and has faith that she'll make a huge comeback.

"If I know her, she's a songwriter and a singer. I think at some point, you've got to start making music again. And, the thing I hate for her is that what she does, I don't see any way she won't feel an immense pressure because of all the phenomenal things she's done. But I hope she approaches it in a way where she can just be honest with herself and write songs that mean something to her fully not thinking about whether it's going to be a major success. I just hope she does something really honest and doesn't let the pressure of the world and the industry get in the way of that creativity."

Bryan's latest album is titled 'Dustbowl Dreams.' He is currently on a radio tour promoting the single from that album, 'The Little Things.'

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Bryan White, Erika PageBryan White and his wife, actress Erika Page, are doing an admirable job balancing two careers and two young sons, Justin and Jackson. Bryan is now on a long radio tour promoting his new album, 'Dustbowl Dreams,' while Erika has been focusing on her family since leaving the daytime soap 'One Life to Live' ... although she worked briefly on 'Days of Our Lives' last year and plans to film a drama entitled 'The Singing River' this year.

Given her line of work, which sometimes requires doing steamy love scenes, it wouldn't be surprising if Bryan received a visit from the green-eyed-monster from time to time, but the singer says that's not the case.

"No, I don't get jealous," Bryan tells The Boot. "I don't see any reason for me to watch [those love scenes] so I don't choose to watch it. When I get to a point like that, I kind of know it's coming, I'll flip to another channel. One time we were working on vocals, and we took a break and turned on TV, and there was my wife in a steamy love scene, and we all looked at each other and went, 'Wow!' and just turned it back off. We said, 'Maybe we should just get back to work.'"

Bryan and Erika, who will celebrate 10 years of marriage in October, make an effort to keep their love alive without taking each other for granted.

"We try to shake things up and keep surprising each other," Bryan explains. "Life can become mundane and just feeling like you're going through the motions sometimes. For one, with our kids, there's never a dull moment. But, we have to take time to go do fun things for us. So we make a strong point to get a babysitter."

For Bryan and Erika, a night out doesn't have to be glamorous. Sometimes simple fun is best. "We take time to do something fun together -- which is just going out and grabbing a bite to eat. We're nerds too. Sometimes we'll go to Borders with a cup of coffee, and we'll just grab a pile of magazines and sit in a corner. I think that's the important thing -- shaking it up and making sure you're spending quality time with each other. Because sometimes you can feel like you're just passing each other in the hallway doing all the stuff we've got to do. You've got to stop and look up."

Bryan's latest album, 'Dustbowl Dreams,' is in stores now.

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Bryan White, who has co-written hit songs for the likes of Diamond Rio ('Imagine That') and Sawyer Brown ('I Don't Believe in Goodbye'), has also charted 17 singles himself, including six No. 1's such as 'Someone Else's Star' and 'Rebecca Lynn.' The Boot caught up with Bryan at his home in Nashville to find out where he was when he heard his first record on the radio.

This would have been, I'm guessing, '95 ... and I was maybe all of 20 [years old] at the time. I was on an independent label, and we were on a real extensive radio tour on the west coast. We were on our way to Tucson to visit a radio station. On the way, I heard my single, which was a song called 'Eugene, You Genius.' It was an uptempo, fun kind of thing -- a tongue-in-cheek kind of song.

I heard it on the radio, and I freaked out so much so that I made the label rep find a convenience store to pull over because we didn't have cell phones then. We pulled over, and I got the number from my rep and went in and called the station from the pay phone, and they put me on the air. I was so jazzed, because that was literally the first time I had heard my voice on the airwaves. I thanked them and just told them how much I appreciated that. I made sure that they knew that was the literally the first time I heard myself just driving down the road! I wish I still had a copy of that audio of me calling in. That would be so special to have. I can visually see it. I can still see where I'm at, what the gas station looked like, and the rep who was with me was smiling.

Honestly, still today, it never gets old. I don't care how many hit records you have, when you hear your song on the radio or in the mall or in the grocery store, part of you is so excited, you want to go tap everybody on the shoulder [and say]: 'Do you know who that is?' [laughs]

2009 offered up a treasure trove of high quality country music, and we’ve compiled a list of the year’s 50 best country songs.

In order to a be considered for this list, a song must have appeared on an album released during the 2009 calendar year. Radio singles that appeared on 2008 albums but which were primarily promoted to radio in 2009 remained eligible so long as they did not appear on the previous year’s list.


The 9513’s 50 Best Country Songs of 2009


50. “Devil’s Best Dress” – Corb Lund
49. “These Cowboys Born Out of Their Time” – Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell
48. “Midnight At The Movies” – Justin Townes Earle
47. “Circles Around Me” – Sam Bush
46. “Cattleman’s Gun” – Dean Brody
45. “A Long Time Ago” – Chuck Mead
44. “Give Me Jesus” – Sara Watkins
43. “Warm Kentucky Sunshine” – Adam Steffey and Allison Krauss
42. “Money, Compliments, Publicity (Song Number 10)” – Todd Snider
41. “Angels Like Her” – Trent Tomlinson
40. “Taste Of The Truth” – Gene Watson
39. “Anything Like Me” – Brad Paisley
38. “Without Jesus Here With Me” – Holly Williams
37. “Only Prettier” – Miranda Lambert
36. “Someday When I Stop Loving You” – Carrie Underwood
35. “American Saturday Night” – Brad Paisley
34. “Long After I’m Gone” – Big Kenny
33. “Fifteen” – Taylor Swift
32. “Rose in Paradise” – Chris Young and Willie Nelson
31. “The Guitar” – Guy Clark
30. “Tell My Mother I Miss Her So” – Ryan Bingham
29. “Seeing Stars” – Jack Ingram with Patty Griffin
28. “Dustbowl Dreams” – Bryan White
27. “I’ll Have What She’s Having” – Reba McEntire
26. “Sissy’s Song” – Alan Jackson
25. “Closer To The Bone” – Kris Kristofferson
24. “Promises in Pieces” – Jason Eady
23. “Mama” – Holly Williams
22. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
21. “A Little Revival” – Radney Foster and The Confession
20. “Has Anybody Ever Told You” – Ashley Monroe
19. “Three Minutes At A Time” – Gene Watson
18. “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” – Chris Young

17. “Busted” – Patty Loveless

16. “Maggie Creek Road” – Reba McEntire
15. “Ellis County” – Buddy and Julie Miller
14. “Staying Together” – Gene Watson with Rhonda Vincent
13. “On The Other Side” – Dailey and Vincent
12. “Gasoline and Matches” – Buddy and Julie Miller
11. “White Liar” – Miranda Lambert
10. “Hemingway’s Whiskey” – Guy Clark
9. “Cry Pretty” – Jason Eady
8. “Arkansas Dave” – George Strait
7. “Pretty Flowers” – Steve Martin, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton
6. “My Way To you” – Jamey Johnson
5. “Mama’s Eyes” – Justin Townes Earle
4. “An Old Friend Of Mine” – Joe Nichols
3. “Reconsider” – Charlie Robison
2. “Hesitation Blues” – Asleep at the Wheel and Willie Nelson
1. “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

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