Billy Currington Says Tim McGraw Is ‘Full of Advice’
Billy Currington is currently living his dream. He released his sixth studio album, Summer Forever, on June 2 and is out on the road with Tim McGraw, whom he's always wanted to tour with, for McGraw's 2015 Shotgun Rider Tour. Perhaps part of Currington's desire to play shows with McGraw is thanks to the good advice that he's received from the country superstar in the past.
While on the 2015 Shotgun Rider Tour, Currington should get some quality time with McGraw -- something that's only happened once before: The "Must Be Doin' Something Right" singer recalls to Entertainment Tonight that, one time, he went out to McGraw's farm and "did a little bird hunting, hung out all day with some friends of his and probably got to know him a whole lot more than just listening to his albums all them years ..."
Even though it was just one day, the experience made an impact on Currington, who says that the visit sparked a desire to learn everything he could from McGraw.
"[I] learned that if I ever got the chance, he's one artist I would love to learn something from," Currington explains. "To go on tour with [him] and sit on the side of the stage and watch how he does it. Ask him questions, business- and artist-type questions."
And if fans marvel at Currington's stage presence during this summer tour, they should know that McGraw had a little something to do with it.
"Back in the day, he came to one of my shows at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, and when I first walked out on stage, I was wearing the front of the stage out. I was just tearin' it up, and he kinda gave me some advice on my stage presence and my stage show that night after he saw what he saw," Currington explains. "He talked me into laying things out a little more in the beginning. Simple tips like that really work for my live show today.
"He also offered advice like, 'Be careful, and really pick the right opening act for yourself, because little things like that really matter as far as ticket sales,'" Currington adds. "He's full of advice ..."
Chase Bryant is also an opening act on McGraw's 2015 Shotgun Rider Tour. During Currington's sets, fans can expect to hear his 10th No. 1 hit, "Don't It," as well as other songs from his just-released record.
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