STORY BEHIND THE SONG: HOT MAMA

One fall day, songwriter Casey Beathard and his wife, Susan, brought out their winter clothes from storage. As they did, Susan held up a pair of white pants. "Remember these?" she asked "You wore those the night we met," said her husband.

Ten years ago, Casey and Susan both worked at the Country Music Hall of Fame - though they hadn't met until a group of fellow workers went to see Casey perform at a songwriter's night at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. Before Casey's performance, he and Susan sat across from each other at a table. By the time he got up to play, he says, "I just knew that she was going to be my wife someday."

A decade later, Susan decided to try the fateful pants on. She squeezed into them, but as she told her husband, "Jeez, they're so much tighter."

Casey immediately came to her defense. "My gosh, it's four kids and 10 years later, and they look fine. You're just as hot as ever - you're just a hot mama now."

The phrase stuck in his head. He mentioned it the next day to a co-writer, Tom Shapiro. They completed the song that day - and immediately thought the tune would work for Trace Adkins. They sent the song to Trace's record label, but months passed and the writers never heard anything.

Then, out of the blue, Casey received a call from Trace. Casey imitates Trace's deep voice: "Uh, man, I'm going to cut your song."

Dumbfounded, Casey asked, "Which song?"

When Trace said, "Hot Mama," Casey was overjoyed - and a little incredulous. "You've heard it?" he asked the star.

Casey couldn't be happier with how it turned out - the tune was a smash hit, heading into the Top 10 on the charts early this year. It continued Casey's string of hits that include Kenny Chesney?s "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," Tracy Byrd's "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo," and Gary Allan's "Right Where I Need to Be."

Now friends of the Beathards teasingly refer to Susan as "hot mama," - including Trace's wife, Rhonda, who always starts their phone conversations with, "Hey, hot mama!"

Trace and Rhonda even mailed Casey a license plate with HOT MAMA emblazoned across it. Casey was going to sneak it onto the front of his wife's car, hoping she'd drive around with it on there without knowing. Unfortunately, Susan opened the mail that day and intercepted it.

"She just doesn't see herself that way," says Casey. "But she's a beautiful woman - and she's hot, whether she wants to admit it or not!"

To read the lyrics of "Hot Mama" written by Casey Beathard and Tom Shapiro, pick up your copy of Country Weekly on newsstands now!

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