Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, ‘Roll the Dice’
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's first duets album, The Rest of Our Life, ends with a track named "Roll the Dice." Written by Shy Carter, Bobby Hammrick and James LeBlanc, the song was actually penned at a songwriting camp during which the tunesmiths were trying to write songs for Carrie Underwood; however, the song became a duet -- Meghan Trainor helped the men create the duet's demo -- and went to McGraw and Hill instead.
Below, LeBlanc recalls to The Boot the story of how "Roll the Dice" came to be.
I wrote it with an LA songwriter named Shy Carter and a Nashville songwriter named Bobby Hammrick, and it was part of -- actually, we were part of a Carrie Underwood songwriting camp; sometimes they do camps where they bring writers together, and they put writers together specifically to write for a certain project, and that's what we were doing.
It was part of a two- or three-day songwriting camp with a bunch of BMG writers, 'cause that's the company I was with at a time, and we were trying to write songs for Carrie Underwood, so that's where that happened. And that was the first time, and the only time, that I've eve written with Shy Carter, but I know Tim and Faith are big Shy Carter fans ... and so we wrote it, Bobby and Shy cut a track on it, and Shy is friends with Meghan Trainor, and so he asked her to sing on it, so the version that Tim and Faith heard had Shy and Meghan Trainor singing on it. So that was -- you know, that really got Tim and Faith excited about doing it, and so they wound up cutting it.
I like it. It's a summer song; you know, it's a song about being on the beach and a "How cool is it that you and I are together and we love each other and we're hanging out on the beach?" kind of song.
[It was written] pretty recent. It hadn't been around a real long time before they recorded it -- same year.
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