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Pops welcome Nashville songwriters

Songwriters (from left) Troy Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, and Brett James are behind enough hits to call themselves the Music City Hit-Makers.
Songwriters (from left) Troy Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, and Brett James are behind enough hits to call themselves the Music City Hit-Makers.RICK DIAMOND/GETTY IMAGES

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The names Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, and Troy Verges may not immediately jump out to country music fans. But if they have enjoyed songs by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, and many other acts, they’re more familiar with the Nashville-based songwriters than they realize.

Separately, together, and in combination with others, James, Lindsey, Sampson, and Verges have penned dozens of award-winning hit songs. Over the last few years, the quartet, who are all performers as well, have banded together, dubbed themselves the “Music City Hit-Makers” and done spot dates with orchestras all over the country. Next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they’ll perform with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall as part of “A Country Salute to Our Troops.”

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