Tim McGraw kicks off NFL season
Thursday, September 10, 2009
– Tim McGraw will give his new single, Southern Voice,
its national television debut when he performs on NFL Opening Kickoff 2009 on NBC and NFL Network from 8-8:30 p.m. eastern. The live pregame broadcast, which leads into the season opener between the Steelers and the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field, will also be available via NFL Mobile Live only from Sprint.
McGraw and The Black Eyed Peas will kick off the celebration, hosted by Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live," with a free concert open to the public at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.
The song is the title track from McGraw's upcoming record, out Oct. 20, and goes to radio in conjunction with this national television performance. Southern Voice will be available beginning tomorrow at all digital retailers.
Recorded in Nashville with his longtime producer, Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Sugarland), this is McGraw's first studio album in two and a half years, following "Let It Go," from April 2007.
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