McGraw plays London
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
– Tim McGraw performed for the first time in London this past weekend at the O2 Arena.
McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" was released last week to fans in the United Kingdom and landed at number one on the iTunes Country Album chart.
While in London, McGraw made a surprise appearance at a Ne-Yo concert to perform their song She Is. Ne-Yo is just one of the many artists slated to perform at ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night. The show tapes April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast at a later date on CBS. Next up for McGraw is the launch of his 30 city Two Lanes of Freedom Tour on May 2 in Birmingham, Ala.
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Damn Country Music
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. »»»
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
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. »»»