Dwight Yoakam, Tim McGraw team up in Xmas comedy
Monday, December 17, 2007
– Tim McGraw and Dwight Yoakam will team up in a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in "Four Christmases."
Jon Favreau and McGraw will play Dallas and Denver respectively, two bullying siblings who enjoy taking advantage of their brother, Brad (Vaughn), during the holidays.
Yoakam has the role of Pastor Phil, the partner of Brad's new wife Kate's (Witherspoon) mother (Mary Steenburgen).
Sissy Spacek, Kristin Chenoweth and Robert Duvall also star in film for director Seth Gordon, slated for release during the 2008 holiday season.
Yoakam and McGraw both have acting experience.
Tim McGraw's collection, "Here on Earth," finds the country star sounding peaceful and down to Earth. He's more meditative than overly active, throughout. It's very much an adult album in that McGraw is speaking from the perspective of maturity, rather than pretending he's still a young man. If he's got any barbecue statins on his white t-shirt, he's not letting on here.
McGraw burns through five mellow tracks before he gets to anything with a discernable beat. ...
In this 1988 Austin City Limits program and nearing 32 years old, Dwight Yoakam was approaching his commercial zenith. His third album, "Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room," had just been released, bringing him his only number one country singles "Streets of Bakersfield" (included here in duet with Buck Owens along with Flaco Jimenez) and "I Sang Dixie," also included.
His second ACL appearance, Yoakam delivers a generous, 14-song reminder of how freakin' unusual ...
Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams."
Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. ...