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McGraw debuts in first

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 – Tim McGraw's 11th studio album, "Emotional Traffic," debuted at number one this week on the Billboard Country Chart, making it his 13th career number one debut.

The disc sold more than 67,000 units, taking over the top spot from Toby Keith's "Clancy's Tavern." The CD is the second best selling CD in the U.S. behind Adele's "21." The hits Felt Good on My Lips and the current single Better Than I Used To Be are on the McGraw release.

Kellie Pickler's "100 Proof" gives the former "American Idol" contestant her third straight top 10 along with her highest-charting album yet. Pickler debuted at 7 with 27,000 units sold.

"The most beautiful thing about this number one debut, over the others, is that it was driven by the fans and their eagerness to finally have this music in their hands," said McGraw. "The fans don't care about the business side of things...they just want the artists they follow to keep putting out great songs, and I think we have delivered some of the best songs of my career on 'Emotional Traffic.' The reaction to the album makes me even more excited to get back on the road this summer on the 'Brothers of the Sun' tour."

McGraw and Curb Records are embroiled in a lawsuit over his contract. McGraw is free to sign with any label, although the court case is continuing. He will tour Australia with wife Faith Hill next month and goes on the road with Kenny Chesney in the stadium tour.

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Sundown Heaven Town CD review - Sundown Heaven Town
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. »»»
Two Lanes of Freedom CD review - Two Lanes of Freedom
Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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