Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert to benefit Katrina relief
Friday, May 12, 2006
– When Tim McGraw and Faith Hill bring their Soul2Soul II tour to New Orleans in July, they won't be doing it for the money because all proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
The July 5 show will fund McGraw and Hill's recently established Neighbors Keeper Foundation. It will give money to organizations, to be determined at a later date, which are in need of goods, services and finances to assist individuals still suffering from Katrina.
Organizers lowered the usual "Soul2Soul II" Tour ticket prices to between $20 and $85 and the headliners insisted on distributing half the floor seats to volunteers in the area who have worked since Katrina first hit the region on Aug. 29, 2005.
The floor seats are being donated by longtime McGraw sponsor Bud Light.
"We will not stop, we will not forget, we will not quit, until we see our friends, our families and our neighbors returned to the lives that they once knew," said McGraw and Hill in a joint statement. "We hope to give everyone who comes out a few hours to just enjoy."
Tim McGraw's collection, "Here on Earth," finds the country star sounding peaceful and down to Earth. He's more meditative than overly active, throughout. It's very much an adult album in that McGraw is speaking from the perspective of maturity, rather than pretending he's still a young man. If he's got any barbecue statins on his white t-shirt, he's not letting on here.
McGraw burns through five mellow tracks before he gets to anything with a discernable beat. ...
Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams."
Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. ...
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. ...