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Song inspired by Raynham family wins song of the year at CMAs

Lee Brice, who won song of the year for “I Drive Your Truck.”

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Lee Brice, who won song of the year for “I Drive Your Truck.”

Never mind the long red dress worn by Taylor Swift, or the sweet version of George Jones’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today” sung by Alan Jackson and George Strait, our favorite moment of the Country Music Association Awards was when Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” won song of the year. The song, written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary, was inspired by a comment made by Raynham’s Paul Monti after his son, Jared, was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save the life of a fellow soldier. Monti received the Medal of Honor for his actions. Asked by an NPR reporter about keeping Jared’s memory alive, Monti replied: “I drive his truck.” In accepting the award this week, Brice said, “Unbelievable song. First time I heard it, it blew my mind, changed my life. This award is completely about the song and about the writers.” (And about Paul and Jared Monti.) To his credit, Yeary, one of the songwriters, honored Monti. Lifting the award in the air, he said, “Thank you so much, Jared, for what you did for this country, man.” Paul Monti could not be reached Thursday.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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