Tim McGraw Previews New Music for Old Friends
Tim McGraw enjoyed a taste of his native Louisiana Saturday afternoon when he hosted a good old fashioned crawfish boil for members of the Music City media before performing that night at Nashville's LP Field on the Brothers of the Sun tour with pal Kenny Chesney.
The Cajun-themed soiree took place on the rooftop of a building above Nashville's Cumberland River with a scenic view of LP Field gleaming in the distance. Guests were treated to gumbo, salad, strawberry shortcake and piles of boiled corn, new potatoes and crawfish. Tim munched on an ear of corn and casually chatted with guests following a brief round of questions.
"Nashville is my home. I've been here since 1989," Tim said. "I haven't played Nashville in a while, except for a few benefits and stuff."
Tim acknowledged there would be a sea of familiar faces at the show. "I have three daughters. Two will be in high school next year, one will be a sophomore and one will be a freshman. And with all the network of family and friends -- my mom lives here, my two sisters, Faith's brother and [the family members of] the band -- they all know me, so it's hard to impress them!"
Tim has been working with longtime producer Byron Gallimore on a new album, his first since signing with Big Machine Records. Fans are getting a little preview during the Brothers of the Sun tour. "We're doing two new [songs] in the show, 'Mexicoma' and 'Truck Yeah,'" Tim said. "They're going over great. For any artist, the most fun you have in a night sometimes is playing new stuff, especially new stuff that already sounds like a hit. And these two songs, when we play them the reaction is like they've been out ten years already. They already sound like hits. They're a lot of fun."
When asked how far along he was in recording the new album, Tim said they are at the mixing stage and he expects the record to be out sometime later this year.
"I try to put everything I can into my records," Tim says. "There's certainly a freshness and a new energy around everything I do. I feel inspired. I feel like a brand new world opening up. I think there's so much more left in my career. I think there's more ahead of me than has ever been behind me."
After wowing the crowd at LP Field Saturday night, the Brothers of the Sun tour headed to Charlotte, NC on Sunday where Tim welcomed a special guest. "Big thanks to @TheTimMcGraw for having me out and letting me sing I Like It, I Love It on that stage w/you! It was awesome! You're the man!" Scotty McCreery tweeted after the performance.
This weekend, the Brothers of the Sun tour, which features Jake Owen, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Tim and Kenny, continues on with stops in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Saturday and at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday.
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