Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Paul Overstreet

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October 8, 2016 - Paul Overstreet notched his first hit as a songwriter in 1982, when George Jones took his “Same Old Me” to #5 on the country chart. Overstreet became a chief source of material for Randy Travis, and by the end of the 1980s Travis had topped the charts with “On the Other Hand,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” and “Deeper Than the Holler.” Overstreet continued his hit-writing streak with “When You Say Nothing at All” (Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss), “Love Can Build a Bridge” (The Judds), “ Some Beach” (Blake Shelton), and more than a dozen other country radio favorites. In addition to supplying hits for others, Overstreet became a successful recording artist himself. Raised in Mississippi, he moved in 1973 to Nashville, where he formed a band that spent several years working the road. When Travis had success with his songs, Overstreet began to score hits of his own, including the #1s “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” and “Daddy’s Come Around.” This interview is illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings, and Overstreet performs briefly.

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