Songwriter Spotlight: Luke Laird

Luke Laird moved to Nashville in 1997 and broke through 10 years later, cowriting three songs (including chart-topping singles "So Small" and "Last Name") on Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride. Unlike most country songwriters, Laird typically begins his creative process not with a guitar but with a computer, building a beat in Logic Pro and working from there, creating a unique, hip-hop-influenced sound that is particularly noticeable on cuts like Luke Bryan's "Little Bit Later On." Elsewhere, singles like Little Big Town's "Pontoon," Eric Church's "Drink in My Hand" and Miranda Lambert's "Baggage Claim" sound like straightforward country -- in the best way possible. In 2013, his work with Kacey Musgraves has proven particularly fruitful: Laird not only had a hand in six of Same Trailer Different Park's 12 songs, he also helped with the album's production.

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