At Willie Nelson
's 30th annual July 4th picnic in Spicewood, Texas, BMI's Mark Mason presented Nelson and songwriting partners Toby Keith
and Scotty Emerick
with engraved #1 cups for the amazing success of "Beer For My Horses" -- six weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot Country chart and still at the summit. The song, from Keith's multi-platinum DreamWorks album Unleashed
, was co-written by Keith and Emerick and performed by Keith and Nelson.
Among Keith and Emerick's dozen-plus songwriting collaborations is the #1 smash "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight." Emerick's debut album, The Coast Is Clear, will be released this fall on DreamWorks; its just-shipped lead-off single, "I Can't Take You Anywhere," is another Keith/Emerick tune, with Keith making a guest appearance on the record.
Backstage at the Two River Canyon concert site are BMI's Mark Mason, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and Scotty Emerick. photo: Jill McGuckin