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McGraw, Hill go private

Monday, August 21, 2006 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill apparently couldn't get enough music out of their system Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After playing a sold-out show (all three LA shows were sold out), the couple hosted a “Bread & Water” show at the Whisky on Sunset.

The club was filled with a standing room only crowd at 12:30 a.m. as McGraw kicked off the show before the band and crew were even ready. He grabbed a guitar and broke into several country classics. Songs performed varied from covers to new music from McGraw’s next studio album.

Among them, Tom Petty’s “Breakdown,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Suspicious Minds” and new tune “The River and Me.” Hill performed Aretha Franklin’s “Think” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Shortly thereafter, Reba McEntire joined Hill on stage for the Everly Brothers classic “When Will I Be Loved” and “Does He Love You” with McGraw sandwiched between them. McEntire offered Hill her first major tour opportunity when she was just breaking as a new artist.

Both Hill and McGraw’s bands participated.

McGraw has hosted other “Bread & Water” shows during previous tours, but Friday night’s performance was its first in three years. “Bread & Water” shows are rare, small-club performances that allow McGraw, Hill and band to perform material of their own choosing, mostly cover songs from the '70s and '80s along with country classics. These intimate concerts are announced the morning of the “Bread & Water” via radio, print and or the internet.

Proceeds from this “Bread & Water” show will benefit the Neighbors Keeper Foundation for Katrina related efforts.

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