The Cadillac Three Cover Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s ‘Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s’ [WATCH]
The Cadillac Three had some pretty big shoes to fill during their recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, and they performed like ... well, rock stars. The country-rock trio sang a stripped-down acoustic version of "Meanwhile, Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's 2014 duet.
The Cadillac Three's lead singer, Jaren Johnston, co-wrote the hit tune with Tom Douglas and Jeffrey Steele, and the singer-songwriter admits that no one was more surprised than himself that Hill recorded the song with McGraw.
“[We] just wrote a folky thing,” Johnston recalls. “[Big Machine Label Group President] Scott Borchetta said, ‘You know it’s going to be a duet, right?’ And I was like, ‘Who are they going to get?’ I had no idea. He’s like, ‘Faith’s going to sing on it.’ I was like, ‘Score! Touchdown!’”
Even McGraw didn't originally hear "Meanwhile, Back at Mama's" as a duet, but the response from his wife quickly changed his mind.
“I got home, I walked into the house, and I said, ‘Faith, you’ve got to hear this song,’” McGraw says. “So I played her the song, and when it got to the end and it said, ‘Me and you back at Mama’s,’ a flood of tears just came down from her eyes.
“I said, ‘Not only am I going to cut, but you’re going to sing it with me,’” he adds. “And that’s how it was born, right there.”
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