Tim and Faith greet 1 millionth fan
Sunday, August 20, 2006
– When doors opened Friday night for the second night of a three-day sold-out run at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Christine Nevins got more than just a concert from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
As the holder of the 1 millionth ticket to go through turnstiles since the Soul2Soul II Tour started April 21, Christine and her husband, Eric, were whisked away to a private meeting with McGraw and Hill. But they got even more than that. They soon received a Hershey, XM Satellite Radio-filled, brand new, Dodge Charger courtesy of Huntington Beach Dodge.
“I cannot believe this!” said Christine upon receiving her prizes. “This car is mine," she told her husband, and "nobody is driving it but me,” she added immediately after the singing stars autographed the inside driver’s side door.
Christine (39) and Eric (42) Nevins live in Oak Hills, Cal. Eric has been a police officer, going on his 20th year on the job, and currently works for the County of Riverside, while Christine is a restaurant manager for Johnny Carinos in Victorville, Cal.
The tour concludes Sept. 3 in Las Vegas after 74 shows in 56 cities across America.
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. ...
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. ...
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. ...