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McGraw awaits Sundown

Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Tim McGraw announced today that "Sundown Heaven Down" on Sept. 16 on Big Machine. He already has released the first single, "Lookin' For That Girl," which climbs into the Top 20 on the charts this week.

Beginning on Sunday, April 6, during his performance on the ACM Awards, McGraw will launch "Countdown To Sundown." Fans can join the program and automatically have access to exclusive content and be entered to win a season pass for two tickets to each of McGraw's summer tour dates including an all expense paid trip to the tour's opening night on May 8.

As the lead-up to the release, McGraw will reveal new songs from the album through major primetime television performances and provide fans with access to free downloads, first listens, behind the scenes looks, tour experiences and contests.

"When you finish making an album, all you want is to have everyone hear it as soon as possible," said McGraw. "I'm in the unique position this year that I'm able to tour ahead of the album and introduce the fans to these songs early. I've never done anything like this before, but in a world driven by immediate gratification, I want to be able to play a song live somewhere and then have it available for download right then. You just never know where new music might pop up over the next few months... It's going to be a fun summer."

On May 8, McGraw will kick off his tour to more than 30 cities. Joining him for the summer run will be Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope.

McGraw is set to perform at the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival on Saturday, April 5 in Dallas. From there, he'll head to Las Vegas for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards where he tops the list of most nominated artists with seven for his "Two Lanes of Freedom" album as both an artist and producer.

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The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»
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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. »»»
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. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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