The Songwriter

In the last few years, Deric has become as well known for the songs he has written for other artists as he has for the songs that appear on Deric Ruttan,
First Time In A Long Time, Sunshine, Up All Night – Deric Ruttan Live and
Take The Week Off.

Below is a list of songs Deric has written that have been on the radio,
and on other people’s albums.

 Deric Ruttan


68.  “Baby This And Baby That”

(Written by Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan and Darius Rucker).  Recorded by Texas artist Jon Wolfe and released as a single to Texas radio April 13, 2017.  From Wolfe’s forthcoming album Any Night In Texas.

67.  “I Put That There”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton).  Recorded by Ronnie Dunn on his Tattooed Heart album, on the Nash Icon Records label.  Album released November 11, 2016.

66.  “Momma And Jesus”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton and Tucker Beathard).  Recorded by Tucker Beathard on his debut EP Fight Like Hell on the Valory Music Co. label.  “Momma And Jesus” released as a single to American country radio on November 7, 2016.

65.  “Any Ol’ Barstool”

(Written by Josh Thompson and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Broken Bow Records recording artist Jason Aldean on his They Don’t Know album.  Album released September 9, 2016.  “Any Ol’ Barstool” released as a single to country radio on Dec. 5, 2016, and hit #1 on both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts on April 17, 2017.

64.  “Don’t Make It A Love Song”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Tim Hicks).  Recorded by Tim Hicks on his Open Road Recordings album Shake These Walls.  Album released September 9, 2016.

63.  “Robbin’ Trains”

(Written by Brett Beavers, Josh Thompson and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Valory Music Group’s Justin Moore on his Kinda Don’t Care album.  Album released August 12, 2016.

62.  “Boots On A Dance Floor”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton).  Recorded by Texas artist Jon Wolfe and released as a Texas Music single on June 28, 2016.

61.  “Came Here To Forget”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Craig Wiseman).  Recorded by Warner Music Nashville artist Blake Shelton on his If I’m Honest album.  Released as the album’s lead-off single on March 8, 2016, “Came Here To Forget” reached #1 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart on June 11, 2016, as well as the #1 spot on the US Mediabase chart.

60.  “Heaven Comin’ Down”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Jim Beavers and Jason Blaine).  Recorded by Jason Blaine on his Country Side album, album released October 23, 2015.

59.  “Night Falls”

(Written by Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Jason Blaine on his Country Side album, album released October 23, 2015.

58.  “No Lookin’ Back”

(Written by Wes Mack, Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Universal/Big Machine Canadian country artist Wes Mack, and included on his debut album Edge Of The Storm.  Album released Sept. 4, 2015.

57.  “Night’s On Fire”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton).  Recorded by David Nail on his MCA Nashville album Fighter.  “Night’s On Fire” released as a single to radio July 20, 2015, peaking at #13 (Mediabase) the week of July 19, 2016.

56.  “Good Times”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton and Trinity Bradshaw).  Recorded by Trinity Bradshaw on the Big Machine (Canada) label and released in Canada as a single in June, 2015.

55.  “Need You More”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton and Darius Rucker).  Recorded by Darius Rucker on his ‘Southern Style’ album on Capitol Records Nashville.  Album released March 31, 2015.

54.  “Don’t It Feel Good”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton).  Recorded by Jon Wolfe on his “Natural Man” album.  Album released March 31, 2015.

53.  “Country Side”

(Written by Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Jason Blaine, released as a single and reached #5 on Canada’s Mediabase Country chart on April 21, 2015.  From the album Country Side, album released October 23, 2015.

52.  “Farm Girl”

(Written by Brad Rempel, Jim Beavers and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by High Valley on their County Line album.  Album released October 14, 2014.

51.  “She Don’t Break”

(Written by Josh Abbott and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by the Josh Abbott Band on their Tuesday Night EP.  EP released September 23, 2014.

50.  “City Lights”

(Written by Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Tim McGraw for his Sundown Heaven Town album (album released September 16, 2014).  Tim performed the song on the hit TV show The Voice on May 20, 2014.

49.  “Better With My Boots On”

(Written by Terri Clark, Connie Harrington and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Terri Clark on her Some Songs album (album released September 2, 2014).

48.  “Gone Enough”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Chris DuBois and Kira Isabella).  Recorded by Kira Isabella on her Caffeine & Big Dreams album (album released October 14, 2014).  “Gone Enough” was released as a single to Canadian radio on August 11, 2014).

47.  “What Freedom Feels Like”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Shane Gamble).  Recorded by Shane Gamble on his Live At Champions album.  Album released August 12, 2014.

46.  “Let ‘Em Have It”

(Written by Chad Brownlee, Mitch Merrett, Brad Tursi and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Chad Brownlee on his The Fighters album (album released June 3, 2014).

45.  “Hello Patio”

(Written by Darren Gusnowsky, Stacie Roper, Rob Shapiro and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Hey Romeo and released as a single to Canadian radio on April 8, 2014.

44. “Layin’ Your Love On Me”

(Written by Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Jason Blaine on his Everything I Love album. Album released July 9, 2013.

43. “Way Too Pretty”
(Written by Aaron Sherz, Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Jason Blaine on his Everything I Love album. Album released July 9, 2013.

42. “Rock It Country Girl”

(Written by Jim Beavers, Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Jason Blaine on his Everything I Love album. “Rock It Country Girl” released as a single to Canadian radio April 30, 2013.

41. “Strong”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Melissa Peirce and Michelle Wright). Recorded by Michelle Wright on her album of the same name. “Strong” released as a single to Canadian radio April 23, 2013.

40. “Mine Would Be You”

(Written by Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan and Jessi Alexander). Recorded by Blake Shelton on his “Based On A True Story…” album, album released March 26, 2013.  Released as the album’s third single, “Mine Would Be You” was a three-week #1 in the US (Billboard) in Nov. 2013.  In Canada, the song spent 4 weeks at #1.  Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 2014.  Nominated for an ACM (Academy Of Country Music) Award for Song Of The Year in 2014.

39.  “Sing That Song Again”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Ben Hayslip).  Recorded by Black River Entertainment recording artist Glen Templeton and released as a single March 26, 2012.  Appears on Glen’s Let Her Go EP (EP released July 29, 2014).

38.  “Sweet Ride”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Margaret Ruttan and Jason Blaine).  Recorded by Canadian country artist J.D. Clarke on the Maple Oak Music label and released as a single March 20, 2012.

37. “Never Gonna Get Enough”

(Written by Mark Nesler and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Joe Nichols on his “It’s All Good” album, album released November 8, 2011.

36. “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore”

(Written by Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Jason Blaine on his ‘Life So Far’ album, album released September 27, 2011. “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore” released as a single to Canadian radio September 5, 2011.

35. “Cool”

(Written by Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Jason Blaine on his ‘Life So Far’ album, released September 27, 2011.

34. “Might Take All Night”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Jake Mathews). Recorded by Jake Mathews on his ‘Red Tail Lights’ album, released July 26, 2011. “Might Take All Night” released as a single to Canadian radio August 15, 2011.

33. “The Good Was Great”

(Written by Terri Clark, Tia Sillers and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Terri Clark on her ‘Roots And Wings’ album, released July 26, 2011.

32.  “Just Got Tonight”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Matt Fleener and Ryan Fleener).  Recorded by The Dirt Drifters on their Warner Bros. debut, This Is My Blood.  Album released July 15, 2011.

31. “Shotgun Girl”

(Written by Danelle Leverett and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by The JaneDear Girls on their debut, self-titled album, album released February 1, 2011. “Shotgun Girl” was released as a single to radio on March 21, 2011.

30. “Lucky You”

(Written by Susie Brown, Danelle Leverett and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by The JaneDear Girls on their debut, self-titled album, album released February 1, 2011.

29. “SHE’S GOOD FOR ME”

(Written by Jason McCoy, Jim Beavers and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Jason McCoy on his solo album, Everything (album released March 4, 2011). “She’s Good For Me” was released as a single to country radio in Canada on Feb. 14, 2011.

28. “LIGHT IT UP”

(Written by Aaron Pritchett and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Aaron Pritchett on his Thankful album in 2010.  Released as a single to Canadian radio, summer 2010.

27. “DREAMERS LIKE US”

(Written by Kathleen Higgins and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by The Higgins on their Dreamers Like Us  album, album released June 8, 2010.  “Dreamers Like Us” was released as a single to radio in Canada on May 17, 2010.

26. “LOOK WHO’S BACK IN LOVE”

(Written by Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan).
Recorded by Jonathan Singleton & The Grove on their debut CD for Capitol Nashville. Released as a single to American radio on December 7th, 2009.

25.  “YOU’RE MY HOMETOWN”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Willie Mack).  Recorded by Texas artist Willie Mack on his album, The Journey, released July 2009.

24. “HOLD MY BEER”

(Written by Aaron Pritchett, Mitch Merrett, and Deric Ruttan).  Recorded by Australian artist Brad Cole on his album Icebreaker, released in Australia 2009.

23. “AIN’T KILLED ME YET”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Eric Church). Recorded by Capitol Nashville’s Eric Church on his Carolina album, release March 24, 2009.

22. “HELL ON THE HEART”

(Written by Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman, and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Capitol Nashville’s Eric Church on his Carolina album, album released March 24, 2009.  “Hell On The Heart” was released as a single to radio in the US October 12, 2009, and peaked at #8 on the Mediabase chart in June, 2010.

21. “REAL THING”

(Written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, and Deric Ruttan).
Recorded by The Higgins on their Real Thing album. “Real Thing” released as a single to Canadian radio on July 8th, 2008.

20. “AFTER THE RAIN”

(Written by Aaron Pritchett, Mitch Merrett and Deric Ruttan).
Recorded by Aaron Pritchett on his Thankful album. Album released September 9th, 2008.

19. “LET’S GET ROWDY”

(Written by Aaron Pritchett, Mitch Merrett and Deric Ruttan). Recorded by Aaron Pritchett on his Thankful album. Released as a single to Canadian radio on June 9th, 2008. Thankful album released September 9th, 2008.

18. “HELL-BENT FOR BUFFALO”

(Written by Aaron Pritchett, Sean Patrick McGraw, and Deric Ruttan).
Recorded by Aaron Pritchett on his Thankful album. Album released September 9th, 2008.

17. “HARD TO BE AN OUTLAW”

(Written by Lance Miller, Deric Ruttan and Austin Cunningham).
Recorded by Rob Russell on his Turnin’ Heads album. Album released August 12, 2008.

16. “A LITTLE LOVE ALONG THE WAY”

(Written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Murray Pulver, and Deric Ruttan).
Recorded by Doc Walker on their Beautiful Life album, released in Canada April 29, 2008.

15. “PRODIGAL SON’S PRAYER” (Featuring the Grascals)

(Written by Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, and Dierks Bentley).

Recorded by Dierks on the Capitol Nashville album, Long Trip Alone. Album released October 17, 2006.

14. “THAT DON’T MAKE IT EASY LOVING ME”

(Written by Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, and Dierks Bentley).

Recorded by Dierks on the Capitol Nashville album, Long Trip Alone. Album released October 17, 2006.

13. “GUYS LIKE ME”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Eric Church).

Recorded by Eric Church on his Capitol Nashville debut CD, Sinners Like Me. Album released July 18, 2006. “Guys Like Me” released as a single to American radio on January 22nd, 2007.

12. “HOLD MY BEER”

(Written by Aaron Pritchett, Mitch Merrett, and Deric Ruttan).

Recorded by Aaron on his Big Wheel album, released in Canada on April 18, 2006. “Hold My Beer” was released as a single on May 17, 2006. At the 2007 Canadian Country Music Awards on September 10, Deric, Aaron and Mitch won SOCAN Songwriter(s) Of The Year for this song. This is Deric’s first CCMA Award.

11. “THESE WHEELS WON’T ROLL”

(Written by Gil Grand and Deric Ruttan).

Released by Gil as a single to Canadian radio in August, 2005, and included on his Somebody’s Someone CD — album released February 28, 2006.

10. “PROMISE BROKEN”

(Written by Margaret Findley and Deric Ruttan).

Recorded by Gary Allan on the MCA Nashville CD, Tough All Over. Album released October 11th, 2005.

9. “WHAT I CAN’T FORGET”

(Written by Jim McBride, Margaret Findley, and Deric Ruttan).

Recorded by Jason Blaine on his While We Were Waiting album. Released as a single to Canadian radio on September 18th, 2006. (Album released September 13th, 2005.)

8. “I’M GONNA GET THERE SOMEDAY”

(Written by Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, and Dierks Bentley).

Recorded by Dierks Bentley on Modern Day Drifter. Album released May 10th, 2005.

7. “LOT OF LEAVIN’ LEFT TO DO”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley).

Recorded by Dierks Bentley on his Modern Day Drifter album. Released as the album’s debut single in January, 2005, the song was a Top 5 single in the US (#3 on Billboard, #2 on R & R), by June, 2005. In Canada, the song spent 5-weeks at #1.

6. “RUN TO ME”

(Written by Paul Brandt and Deric Ruttan).

Recorded by Paul Brandt on his This Time Around album, released August 3rd, 2004.

5. “MY WAY”

(Written by Tim Taylor and Deric Ruttan).

Recorded by Aaron Pritchett on his Somethin’s Goin’ On Here album. Released as a single in 2004, “My Way” went on to become the most-played Canadian country song of that year.

4.  “FREIGHT TRAIN”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Max T. Barnes).

Recorded  by Kathy Louvin on her Promises & Lies album.  Album released 2003.

3. “WHAT WAS I THINKIN’”

(Written by Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, and Dierks Bentley).

Recorded by Dierks Bentley on his Capitol Nashville debut CD, Dierks Bentley. Released as Dierks’ debut single in March, the song was an international #1 hit on both the Billboard and R & R charts in September of 2003.

2. “DISTANT SHORE”

(Written by Deric Ruttan, Dierks Bentley, and Brett Beavers).

Recorded by Dierks Bentley on his Capitol Nashville debut album, Dierks Bentley. Album released August 19th, 2003.

1.“AFTER ALL”

(Written by Deric Ruttan and Steve Fox).

Recorded by Val LeRoy on her Waiting For The Sun album. Released as a single to Canadian radio in 2002.