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McGraw, Urban perform at CMAs

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 – The awards are coming few and far between the performances at the 43rd annual Country Music Association awards Wednesday with the music taking over.

Tim McGraw turned in a sturdy performance of "Southern Voice," the title track of his new album with the Dancehall Doctors playing behind him. McGraw was in good vocal form, with his band cooking.

Prior to McGraw, Keith Urban performed "Til Summer Comes Around." The song was amid-tempo number with more of a pop than country sound.

Rock singer Daughtry played with Vince Gill as well. Daughtry took on more of the lead vocals than his counterpart, who provided good backing harmonies.


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