McGraw opts for "Country Music"
Thursday, September 17, 2015
– Tim McGraw will release his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," on Nov. 6 on Big Machine Records.
Once again, the record was produced by McGraw and long-time collaborator Byron Gallimore.The album's deluxe version will feature 14 songs, including 3 bonus tracks. One song on the disc features his daughter Gracie.
"When I recorded 'Damn Country Music,' it was one of those electric moments. It speaks to a passion and being at a crossroads in your life when you make that decision to pursue it knowing you might pay a heavy price," said McGraw.
The lead single, "Top Of The World," is at 25 on Billboard this week.
Songs on the CD are"
1. Here Tonight (ft. Gracie McGraw)
2. Losin' You
3. How I'll Always Be
4. Damn Country Music
5. Love Runs
6. What You're Lookin' For
7. Top Of The World
8. Don't Make Me Feel At Home
9. Want You Back
10. California (with Big & Rich)
11. Humble and Kind
The extra songs on the deluxe edition are:
1. Everybody's Lookin'
2. Kiss A Girl
3. Country And Western
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