Tim, Faith plan summer tour
Monday, February 5, 2007
– Soul2Soul 2007 will be hitting the road this summer with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill joining forces again.
The husband and wife duo toured last summer with the Soul2Soul II Tour doing 73 shows in 55 cities and became the highest grossing country tour in history. The tour was also the fastest selling tour for the first quarter of 2006, according to Ticketmaster. The 2006 tour ranked as the 12th highest grossing tour of all-time according to Pollstar.
McGraw and Hill's publicist said Monday that the couple "are finalizing their plans to return to the stage in 2007. It's anticipated that the tour will launch in June before wrapping in August. Specifics in regard to tour cities, venues and number of shows, have not been made available as of yet."
The tour will feature new songs and productions.
Also expected is a brand new sponsor. While details of the deal haven't been announced, the sponsor is expected to have "an extremely high profile" in conjunction with the tour, as well as programs developed specifically for fans and ticket buyers, according to the publicist.
The singers' web sites will have more information as it becomes available.
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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. ...