Reba McEntire, “You Lie”

While many of her contemporaries have faded away or passed away, Reba McEntire still seems to be everywhere. Hosting the ACM awards on CBS, co-headlining Vegas with buddies Brooks & Dunn, and releasing a new album, Stronger Than The Truth, McEntire still enjoys a continuing success that today’s younger singers can only hope for. She’s had dozens of top 10 singles and has sold millions of albums, including the 1990 multi-platinum album Rumor Has It, which featured the number-one single “You Lie.”   McEntire has always looked to the cream of the crop of Nashville writers for great material, and those writers have always responded in kind, as a Reba cut generally means good mailbox money. “You Lie” was written by Bobby Fischer, Charlie Black and Austin Roberts, a trio of Nashville songwriters whose collective track record was already in the hundreds of cuts over a couple decades. But their previous successes didn’t really matter much to some people, because in Nashville, you’re only as good as what you have on the charts this week. Fischer, now in his 80s but still writing almost daily, e-mailed his recollections of writing the song and getting it recorded. “It took two songwriters…

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