Tim McGraw, Faith Hill opt for bread and water in Chicago
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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill opt for bread and water in Chicago

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 – After Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performed their "Soul2Soul Tour 2007" show at the United Center in Chicago on Friday night July 13th, the couple hosted a "Bread & Water" show in front of several thousand fans at the downtown House of Blues, something that McGraw has been doing for about seven years.

Music started around 12:30 a.m. and finished 4 hours later. The special show was announced via WUSN radio in Chicago on Friday morning. Fan lines began forming around House of Blues early that morning and by show time hundreds of fans had to be turned away due to the building's crowd capacity.

After performances from Halfway to Hazard with tunes such as ZZ Top's "Tush" and Lance Miller's rendition of Tom Petty's "Southern Accents," McGraw took the stage to join his band the Dancehall Doctors, who were performing "Every Time I Roll The Dice."

McGraw then Steve Miller's "the Joker" and was joined on stage by Chicago's own Jim Belushi, who was jamming on harp. Hill entered the stage as a "background singer" for McGraw's Elvis infused "Suspicions Minds" and then took the spotlight to sing an Aretha Franklin medley of "Think" and "Do Right Man" followed by a soul-stirring rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Belushi later took the stage again to perform the blues chestnut "Sweet Home Chicago."

McGraw's "Bread & Water" shows, which were started by McGraw in 2000, are intimate club gigs that allow McGraw, Hill and band to perform material of their choosing - everything from their own hits to Boz Scaggs and Aretha Franklin. Highlights from years past have included surprise guest appearances by Kid Rock, Peyton Manning, Sheryl Crow and Reba McEntire.

All proceeds from this "Bread & Water" show will benefit the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls of Chicago as well as the couple's Neighbor's Keeper Foundation.

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