The Cadillac Three Wrote Country Radio Biggest Hits of 2014

(Radio.com) When you turn on your favorite country radio station, there's a good chance the song you're listening to was written by The Cadillac Three. Frontman Jaren Johnston has two songs in the Top 10 of the Country Airplay charts, according to Mediabase, with Jake Owen's "Beachin'" and "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" by Tim McGraw featuring his wife, Faith Hill. Meanwhile, bandmate Neil Mason is the man behind Rascal Flatts' new single "Payback."

"I'm pissed off that he gave 'Payback' to Rascal Flatts," Johnston confessed, pointing to Mason. "He never played it for us. I would have done that. But we'll talk about that later."

It's hard for Johnston to complain too much about his bandmate giving good songs away, since he's still kicking himself for giving Keith Urban the Eric Church-assisted track, "Raise 'Em Up."

"At the time, as soon as I got done with it I was like, 'I gotta send this to Keith,'" Johnston said. Urban immediately liked what he heard and cut it that week. It wasn't until months later, when Johnston took the stage with Urban at the ACM Party for a Cause event in April in front of 20,000 people that he realized what he had given away

"I took Eric's part and I was like, 'S-t,'" Johnston said. "It really clicked, I could sing that song every night."

Another song The Cadillac Three may wish they kept for themselves was "Tall Glass of Something," which made it onto Owen's latest album, Days of Gold. Owen is clearly a fan of the band, cutting five songs-including the album's title track-that were written by Johnston, who he considers his "buddy because I appreciated his songwriting and I love the band that he's playing with." A lot more.

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