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Dave Haywood is way too humble to love his own Lady Antebellum songs. I mean, he probably does love them, especially the brand new ones from their just-released Own the Night album. But when I asked him about his favorite songs on country radio right now, he would only list other artists' work. Like Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" and pretty much everything from Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean. But his absolute passion right now is for Eric Church. "I love the Eric Church record," he told me. "I'm obsessed with the stuff. I wear out his music. I don't know if it's just good dude music or what. But 'Springsteen'? Everybody needs to hear about that song. I was at the gym working out when I heard it, and I stopped dead and was like, 'Oh, my God.' I had to hit back at least five times." But Haywood also has some older tunes he loves and says he wishes he'd written: "Hold My Hand," by Hootie & the Blowfish, "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt and "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban. "Every time I hear that song live, it gives me chills," Haywood said of Urban's melancholy getting-over-you hit from 2004. "It's a very powerful song. I've definitely felt like that before."