Tim, Faith set tour mark
Thursday, September 14, 2006
– The just-concluded Soul2Soul II tour of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw became the highest grossing coutry tour of all time.
The tour, which comprised 73 concerts in 55 cities, was the most attended concert tour this year, in any musical genre. Hill and McGraw grossed just shy of $89 million dollars, more than 40 percent of the previous high of $62 million set by Kenny Chesney and is currently the top grossing tour of any musical genre for 2006.
McGraw and Hill were the only country music tour to ever sell-out three consecutive nights at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was the most attended country music tour ever at 17 concert venues, including New York's Madison Square Garden.
The tour concluded with three consecutive performances at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay. Soul2Soul II started April 21 in Columbus, Ohio. The tour played consecutive dates at 13 concert venues, including New York City, Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Chicago, a record at each venue for country music tours this year.
"We have been blessed over the past several months to have the opportunity to do what it is that we love to do most," said McGraw and Hill in a joint statement. "We've spent time with the most passionate and professional individuals in the business (our crew), we've seen the beauty that is our country and we've been honored to have had the chance to meet so many fans along the way. It's an experience that could be difficult to replicate."
Two Lanes of Freedom
Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»
Tim McGraw is the ultimate country music Zelig. Match him with a great lyric, and he's like the voice of a prophet. But put him with fluff, and he's no better than a news reader anchorman on a slow news day. McGraw is at his best on Better Than I Used To Be, a song as spiritual as you want it to be. It could easily be applied to the New Testament exhortation to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." It can also be taken as a self-help summation. »»»
Christmas All Over the World (single)
Tim McGraw brings an international flavor, at least lyrically, to his new holiday single, Christmas All Over the World When the bells start ringing, it suggests, "no matter where you are, it's going to warm your heart," according to McGraw. With its lyric, McGraw names numerous countries and cultures and says a little bit about how each celebrates the season.
Sonically, the song features a big twang-y guitar part, which gives it a kind of wild-west-meets-U2 feel. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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Concert Review: Foster, Smith finally join forces, fortunately
Years in the talking, long-time friends Radney Foster and Darden Smith finally hit the road together. While the current tour - all one week of it - is on the short side time-wise, the music had not only length, but a lot of depth.
Foster, who has enjoyed a successful recording and perhaps more importantly songwriting career in the country realm, and... »»»
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