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Tim McGraw to headline 30-city tour

Tim McGraw.

Country Music Icon Tim McGraw announced today that his TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 TOUR, presented by Pennzoil, will crank up this summer in Birmingham, AL on May 2 and continue on to 30 cities through July. The U.S. trek, will also feature emerging artists Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft.

McGraw has partnered with Tumblr to create the “Fanticipation” program which will allow fans, for the first time ever, to announce through Tumblr when tickets will be available in their own hometown. Beginning in early February, McGraw will call a fan in each market who is selected to participate in “Fanticipation” and personally tip them off, so they can share the information with their friends and other McGraw fans first. For more information on “Fanticipation,” click here: http://timmcgraw.tumblr.com/.

After more than two decades on the road, McGraw’s ability to entertain and command a crowd continues to be a defining characteristic of both his artistry and superstar status. Earlier this year the Tampa Tribune described McGraw’s live show as “effortless” while the Atlanta Journal Constitution remarked “he’s so casually cool onstage” and OC Weekly said “It’s a bold claim, but McGraw could and should be poised to reign as king of country music…”

 “This album marks a new sense of excitement and artistic freedom for me, and I really wanted to extend that same feeling to the tour and create a cool vibe for the fans,” explains McGraw. “Let’s leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free. We’ve started working up new songs from the album, and there’s some really cool stuff we’ll be able to pull out this summer. My band is just kick-ass…there’s nothing these guys can’t play! We’ll be counting the days til Birmingham!”

See if Tim will be playing a city near you below. Are you going to one of his shows? 

Tim McGraw Finds Out Who His Friends Are

Tim and Friends

As we found out years ago, Tim McGraw, along with country music pals, Kenny Chesney and Tracy Lawrence, found out who his friends are. Well, Tim has teamed up with those friends to create a compilation disc, entitled “Tim McGraw & Friends,” scheduled for release by Curb Records on January 22, 2013. Colt Ford helped Tim out on the track, “Twisted,” which will be the first single off the special compilation disc. The album will be exclusively available at Walmart and will include 11 individual tracks:

Tim McGraw album details!

Tim McGraw.

Country music icon Tim McGraw is revealing more details about his highly anticipated release “TWO LANES OF FREEDOM.”  His first album for Big Machine Records will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and is set to prove once again that on stage and on record, he remains dedicated to delivering music that is innovative, heartfelt and authentic.

 “I feel like I’ve progressed in my work, and I’ve always strived to get better,” says McGraw. “On my last album, I was discovering some new sounds and new things that I wanted to do, scratching the surface of the direction I wanted to head. This album was a way to reach a little further back, to all that I’d done throughout my career, and bring both sides together—it’s a combination of that discovery, along with some rediscovery.” 
On “TWO LANES OF FREEDOM,” the sense of nostalgia comes through on the hard-driving current single “One of Those Nights.”  The reverie of that song, though, is countered by the humor and joy of “Southern Girl” or the feel-good hangover of “Mexicoma.”  McGraw maintains that it was the album’s title track that really established the tone for the entire project.
“When we cut ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ there was such a freshness to it,” he says. “The track has this sort of Gaelic drive to it and really sets a palette for the whole record because it’s so visual—it has that summery, hazy image and I think that made the whole record open up for me.”
McGraw reaches some especially emotional depth in his performances on such songs as “Number 37405,” the lament of a singer-turned-convict.  Most powerful of all might be “Book of John,” a wistful account of a family going through the journal left behind by its late patriarch. The album closes with “Highway Don’t Care,” a breezy yet complex track that features Taylor Swift (the song is featured as number 13 on the album as a nod to her) and Keith Urban.
Check out the official cover and track listing below and let us know what you think! Will you be picking up a copy next year?

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Debut Soul2Soul in Vegas

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw.

Marking the first time they have performed together in six years in the U.S., superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill dazzled audiences with the kick off of “Soul2Soul” at The Venetian Theater this past weekend.  Their smash filled set inside the intimate venue invites the audience to get up close and personal with McGraw and Hill as never seen before.  In between solo hits like McGraw’s “Real Good Man” and Hill’s “Breathe” as well as their current singles “One Of Those Nights” and “American Heart” the powerhouse husband and wife duo deliver crowd favorites  “It’s Your Love” and “Like We Never Loved At All” along with surprising covers and interactive moments with the audience.  The 10 weekend limited engagement runs through April.

They aren’t the only country stars taking over Vegas the last two weeks – Canadian country superstar Shania Twain kicked off her “Still The One” dates at Cesar’s Palace this month. Which show would you travel to see?

Tim McGraw Releases Christmas Single “Mary & Joseph”


When we heard that Tim McGraw was releasing a new Christmas single, we were thrilled. When we  heard that Tim McGraw was releasing a cover of Dave Barnes‘s beautiful contemporary Christmas song, “Mary & Joseph,” we were ecstatic. The song is a slight foray outside of the traditional holiday formula, but it’s a beautiful and more modern telling of the classic Nativity story.

Dave Barnes has already written a #1 hit for Blake Shelton  (“God Gave Me You”), and we suspect that this track of Tim will be heard at Christmastime for years to come. When we reached out to Dave, he was beyond thrilled with the new recording of his track. “Tim McGraw is a legend. I’ve been listening to his albums since I was in high school, and still remember where I was when I heard ‘Don’t Take the Girl’ for the first time. ‘Just to See You Smile’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. To think that Tim recorded one of MY songs has been and will continue to blow my mind! What an honor!”

A Look Back at AMAs Fashion


This Sunday marks the 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards, and when we think of decades past, we think of one thing — crazy fashion choices! So, in anticipation of this year’s big show, we decided to do a little fashion policing of our own (sorry Joan), because though the awards are really about the music, the thing that seems to get the most lasting buzz is the red carpet do’s and don’t’s!  Below are our staff’s picks for country music’s fashionistas and fashion faux pas in AMA history!


Tim McGraw Records Song With Ne-Yo & Invites Him on Stage

Ne-Yo Nashville (2 of 12)

Country Crooner Tim McGraw can soon be heard on an R&B artist’s album! Grammy Award Winning/Motown artist Ne-Yo and Tim McGraw teamed up to record a song called “She Is” for Ne-Yo’s upcoming record R.E.D. (“Realizing Every Dream”), which is due out November 6th. Ne-Yo has a huge love for country music and wanted to share that with this duet on his upcoming album. This isn’t the first time Ne-Yo and Tim have teamed up though! If you remember, Ne-Yo and Tim sang together on “Only Human” on Tim’s “Emotional Traffic” album, which came out in January.

In addition to recording together, Tim invited Ne-Yo to join him at a private event in Nashville this past week, on Wednesday to be exact, the night before the annual CMA Awards. They sang a couple of duets including “She Is” from Ne-Yo’s album.

You might also remember that back in 2004, Tim sang on “Over and Over” with rapper Nelly, from Nelly’s fourth album “Suit.” He’s just dabbling into all kinds of genres these days, isn’t he?

You can listen to a snippet of “She Is” below before the album comes out tomorrow. What do you think of the song? Let us know below!

46th annual Country Music Association Winners

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert. photo credit: Robert Evans.

There were a lot of surprises last night during the broadcast of the 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Some new artists were finally able to take home their first awards versus industry heavyweights, and a brand new king of country music was crowned. The award show was hosted for the fifth year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC. Even as a voting member of the CMAs, some of the winners shocked me in the end. While most were my votes and who I wanted to win, there were a few that the rest of the industry did surprise me with.

The big names of the night were once again country’s supercouple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. After an emotional acceptance speech for Song Of The Year for “Over You,” they both made their way back up to the stage several times – for Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Blake taking home the big prize – Entertainer of the Year. Other notable, and just as surprised winners, were Hunter Hayes for New Artist of the Year, and Little Big Town finally taking home the Group of the Year award. Thompson Square emotionally accepted the award for Duo of the Year, also ending Sugarland’s streak of wins in that category.

Eric Church‘s “Chief” won Album of the Year, finally putting Miranda’s album of the year streak to an end.

See the full list of winners below and let us know how you did with your predictions. Do you agree with the industry?

CMA Musical Event of The Year & Video of the Year Winners

Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw.

There are already two early winners today before the 46th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards even air! The CMAs announced the winner of Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year this morning, and the award show will air tonight at 8 pm EST on ABC. Congratulations to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for winning Musical Event of the Year for their duet “Feel Like A Rock Star.” Both Kenny and Tim will be performing during tonight’s broadcast – Tim with a brand new song!

The Video of the Year went to Toby Keith‘s smash hit “Red Solo Cup” director Michael Saloman. Toby, who won’t be attending tonight’s award show, released his brand new album “Hope On The Rocks” this week. On not attending the CMA awards, Toby told a newspaper:

“Your industry can get behind you and crank you up and make you a household name, help you get there. Or you can be abandoned like I was. I’m not going to leave it up to this industry that I’m in to give me any support.”

While Toby won’t be in attendance tonight, he’s 100% at this year’s award show – going one for one for the nomination for “Red Solo Cup.” What do you think about the winners so far? Don’t forget to follow along with us on Twitter tonight for our live Tweets for the East Coast as the awards air!

Tim McGraw Announces Two Lanes of Freedom

Tim McGraw.

Country music icon Tim McGraw announced today that his first album on Big Machine Records “Two Lanes of Freedom” will be released Feb. 5, 2013.  The new single “One Of Those Nights” will make its national television debut on ABC’s live broadcast of the 2012 CMA Awards this Thursday night, as it will simultaneously be delivered to country radio.

Tim shares on choosing the title and why it’s so important to him:

“I always go into the studio to make the best record I can possibly make, and this one is no different.  But ‘Freedom’ is a powerful word. To come into a situation where there’s some weight lifted, some refreshment going on, you can feel that in the music.  I think you can feel the horses gallop on this record, and where I might go and what I might do when my engines are revving.”

For twenty years, Tim has been providing a powerful connection with his audience. With “Two Lanes of Freedom,” the singer returns as co-producer with long-time friend Byron Gallimore. The album covers his broadest emotional range yet, with a set of songs that looks forward and back, gets deep and gets loose, and reveals that even the biggest stars can continue to grow with consistency and maturity.

On his new single, Tim says:

“I feel like we really found some great songs for this record, and ‘One Of Those Nights’ perfectly sets the tone for the project. It’s about reflecting on old times with a sense of nostalgia, but it’s also about creating new memories and living in the moment and looking towards the future.  I am doing that in my own life and career now, and I can’t wait for my fans to hear the single and album.  It’s an unbelievably exciting time for me!”

In his record-shattering career, Tim McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as “The Blind Side,” “Country Strong,” and “Friday Night Lights”—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre.  Tim has never been afraid of breaking new ground; over the years, he has collaborated with musicians from Nelly to Tony Bennett to Def Leppard.

Are you excited for his new album? Let us know!