Tim McGraw gets emotional with tour
Sunday, January 2, 2011
– Tim McGraw said Sunday he and his band, the Dancehall Doctors, will return to the road this spring. The "Emotional Traffic Tour" will feature special guests Luke Bryan and The Band Perry. Dates for the North American run will be announced shortly.
Ticket sales will begin on Jan. 15. Outback Steakhouse will be a sponsor of the tour, which will be promoted nationally by Live Nation.
Felt Good On My Lips, McGraw's latest single, is number one on Billboard's Country Songs chart and has topped Mediabase's Canadian chart for three consecutive weeks. The song is one of two bonus tracks included on his new double-CD collection, "Number One Hits" (Curb Records), which includes 22 other chart-topping singles.
McGraw has been busy on the acting front. He co-stars alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester " Country Strong," which will be released in theatres nationwide this Friday, Jan. 7. He'll discuss the film in a Jan. 4), "Good Morning America" (Jan. 5), "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (Jan. 5), "Chelsea Lately" (Jan. 6) and "The Martha Stewart Show" (Jan. 7).
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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. ...