Brook Carter, 29, tends bar at Kamal's 21, an Atlanta strip club. She used to work as a stripper herself at Magic City. She says typically she'll have heard a new track playing on the radio at least a month earlier at the club.
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Tom Douglas, who's written songs for Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, George Strait and Randy Travis, among others, says he doesn't think about writing a hit when he's working -- he thinks about what the lady shopping at Harris Teeter wants to hear.
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