McGraw goes deluxe
Monday, July 28, 2014
– Tim McGraw's next CD, "Sundown Heaven Town," will come in both regular and deluxe formats, he said Monday.
The album, due Sept. 16, was co-produced by McGraw and his longtime collaborator Byron Gallimore. The album cover was revealed to fans on Facebook this morning. The regular CD contains 13 songs, while the deluxe version has 18. The latter includes a duet with Kid Rock.
"This album is very encompassing of everything that I've done in my career," said McGraw. "I think it's a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. "
"I feel like I've got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could," said McGraw. "I'm excited about where music is gonna take me and where I'm gonna take my music."
McGraw launched his summer tour ahead of the album's release and began revealing tracks through his "Countdown to Sundown" program. Over the past few months, he has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Shotgun Rider," on The Voice where he debuted "City Lights," at NBC's Today where he revealed "Overrated" and on the Academy of Country Music Awards, where the performance of "Meanwhile Back At Mama's (featuring Faith Hill), which was immediately released as the next single.
Songsonthe CD are:
2. City Lights
3. Shotgun Rider
5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn)
6. Words Are Medicine
7. Sick Of Me
8. Meanwhile Back At Mama's (featuring Faith Hill)
9. Keep On Truckin'
10. Last Turn Home
11. Portland, Maine
12. Lookin' For That Girl
13. Still On The Line
14. Kids Today
15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock)
16. The View
17. I'm Feelin' You
18. Black Jacket
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