Today we turn our attentions to an artist who learned to play guitar on a guitar that was autographed by Tracy Lawrence. An artist who showed his potential as a songwriter at the ripe old age of eight, when he was writing several songs a year, and began performing in local talent shows at the age of 10.

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Jerrod Niemann's path to and in Nashville has not always been a straight line. Born in Harper, Kansas and raised in nearby Liberal, KS, Niemann learned to play guitar while still in middle school. His mother had won the autographed instrument in a drawing after a local concert by Lawrence, and when young Jerrod got his hands on it, he started playing and never looked back. He would later join the performing group Kansas Kids, where he would continue to perform through high school.

After graduating from Liberal High School in 1986, Jerrod headed to Texas to attend South Plains College in Loveland. Even though he was targeting an Assoicates degree, Niemann's true intention was to make his way on the Texas music scene. He played at bars and clubs across Texas, most notably the Stockyard Saloon and the White Elephant in Ft. Worth. In 1999, Niemann released his debut album Long Hard Road, producing and releasing the album himself. After the release of the album, he moved to Nashville to try to make his way as a songwriter while trying to land a recording contract.

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Niemann signed a development contract with Mercury Records in 2001, but failed to release any music with the label before parting ways with Mercury in 2002. He would continue to tour the club circuit across the country while searching for a record deal, and writing songs for other artists. A second self-produced and self-released album, Jukebox of Hard Knocks, followed in 2004. In 2006, Niemann signed with Category 5 Records, releasing the single "I Love Women (My Mama Can't Stand). The label closed soon after the single's release, and the album it was attached to, Behind This Microphone, sits forever on the shelf.

While again looking for the recording deal, Niemann supplied songs for Jamey Johnson, John Anderson, Julie Roberts and Flynnville Train, but his most lucrative association may have been with Garth Brooks. Brooks recorded several of Niemann's songs through the years, including the #1 hit "Good Ride Cowboy", the tribute to Brooks' hero, Chris LeDoux. Attracted by Niemann's writing, Arista Records Nashville's Sea Gayle Division offered the singer a record contract. His 2010 debut album for the label, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury, has sold more than 300,000 copies and included the top-10 singles, "What Do You Want" and "One More Drinkin' Song" as well as Niemann's first #1, "Lover, Lover".

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Niemann has released two more albums since his 2010 debut project. The albums have not quite had the success of the initial album, though he has charted one more #1 single, 2013's "Drink To That All Night". He parted ways with Arista and Sea Gayle Records in 2016, signing with Curb Records later in the year. He is currently in the studio, recording his first album for the new label. But we have the lead single for the as yet unnamed project in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All-American Super Car Wash, today's Catch of the Day is brand new music from Jerrod Niemann. "God Made A Woman" is new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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