McGraw rides "Shotgun"
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
– Tim McGraw has a new single, 'Shotgun Rider," out today.
The song is the second single from "Sundown Heaven Town," which drops Sept. 16.
"This is one of those songs that really paints a picture and sets a mood," said McGraw. "In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, 'How good do I have it? Life is perfect.' There is a certain warmth to this song and several others like it that really establish the tone for the whole album."
McGraw has enjoyed a hit with "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," a song he did with Faith Hill.
McGraw will team up with director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) on release day for the live stream music series "American Express Unstaged" at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom at 9:00 PM ET. The event will be live streamed at amexunstaged.com.
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