The man behind some of country music’s biggest hits is jumping into politics Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: NSAI hosts 10 Songs I Wish I'd Written. Luke Bryan was recipient of the NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award. Bryan's first such NSAI award was for songs including: 'Fast,' 'Huntin', Fishin', and Lovin' Every Day,' and 'Move,' pictured with Bryan are NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison, NSAI Director of Operations Jennifer Turnbow and NSAI President Lee Thomas Miller attend the 2017 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards at Music City Center on October 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

There are those of us that spend our days complaining about the direction that our country is heading, and then there are those that try to do something about it.

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Hit Nashville songwriter Lee Thomas Miller is in the latter camp. He recently announced that he would be joining the often-crazy world of politics, entering the race seeking the Republican nomination for the District 7 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Tennessee.

“I’ve been writing the stories of real Americans for as long as I can remember,” Lee said in a recent press release reported by The Tennessean. “Stories about life and loss. Love and regret. Songs about innocence and youth. Songs about faith and the struggle to keep it. I give a voice to those who cannot find the words they are looking for. I give a voice to those who are not being heard.”

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While some country fans might not recognize his name or face, most will recognize Lee’s work. He has served as songwriter for some of country music’s biggest hits, including Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl,” Brad Paisley’s “I’m Still A Guy,” “Crushin’ It” and “The World,” Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible,” Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” and many more.

And although he’s new to politics, Lee (pictured on the right) has lobbied Congress for music copyright reform in the past as part of his role as president of Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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