b. USA. A noted writer of songs in Nashville, Tennessee, Rains has worked with various collaborators from the late 70s onwards. These have included Wade Hayes, with whom he wrote ‘Old Enough To Know Better’, which was recorded by Hayes who also recorded ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘I’m Still Dancing With You’. Another collaborator is Don Cook, ‘Just Across The Rio Grande’ (recorded by Reba McEntire and by Holly Dunn), and ‘That’s What Honky Tonks Are For’ (recorded by Hayes). He has also written with Harlan Howard, ‘Somebody Should Leave’ (recorded by McEntire), and with Michael Martin Murphey, ‘Harley’ (recorded by Johnny Cash). Another of Rains’ co-writers is Bill Caswell, ‘That’s What Your Love Does To Me’ (recorded by Dunn and Michael Johnson). The latter singer also recorded ‘True Love’, which Rains wrote with Gary Nicholson, and ‘Cheatin’ On The Blues’, co-written with Cook and Kix Brooks. With Nicholson he composed ‘Drowning In Memories’ (recorded by Tracy Nelson). Other songs of his, also in collaboration with others, are ‘A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight)’, recorded by Mickey Gilley, ‘Now I Know’, recorded by Lari White, ‘Down To My Last Broken Heart’ recorded by Janie Fricke, ‘A Few Good Rides Away’, recorded by Brooks And Dunn, and ‘Cowboy Logic’ recorded by Charlie Daniels.
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