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Tim Mc Graw News
LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING
When it came time to record his new record,
Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw knew just
what he wanted. He was, after all, coming off
the extraordinarily successful Tim McGraw and
the Dancehall Doctors, which he and his longtime
touring band had recorded in a mountaintop studio
in upstate New York. The natural and creative
atmosphere, the isolation that allowed them
to concentrate fully on the music, and the attendant
camaraderie all beckoned him to return. It was
a decision that began paying off the moment
they drove up.
"It was like going away to summer camp,"
he says. "You've got all these guys that
are your best friends who you've traveled around
with forever and you go to the top of this great
mountain, with snow outside and fireplaces inside.
We were actually giddy about getting there."
it all is the fact that collectively they produced
an album that has already given Tim's incredible
career another stellar moment. The CD's first
single and title track, "Live Like You
Were Dying," became one of his fastest-to-the-top
singles ever. The Tim Nichols/Craig Wiseman-penned
smash is, among other things, testament to Tim's
long-proven ability to tap Nashville's best
writers for their most profound and touching
"It's just a great song," he says.
"Probably anybody could have recorded it
and had a big hit, but it helps that we're in
a great place in our career--things just seem
to keep getting better. Five years ago I figured
we were at the top of our game and that was
the best it was going to get, but with every
album it seems to keep on building on itself."
Collectively, Tim's achievements are as remarkable
as they are numerous: 9 albums spawning 23 #1
singles and selling 30 million copies, tours
that consistently rank near the top in financial
and entertainment terms, and scores of awards
and among those a 2001 CMA Entertainer of the
Year nod, a Grammy and the 2004 People's Choice
Award for Favorite Male Musical Performer. He
is one of only three men ever to grace the cover
of Redbook, his NBC Live Concert Special in
2002 ranked higher than specials by U2 and Paul
McCartney, he was the headline act at the 2003
Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and on October 15,
2004 he makes his major motion picture debut
with a role in the Universal/Imagine film "Friday
Night Lights" with Billy Bob Thornton.
artists have achieved great longevity or amazing
levels of success, but Tim's career has indeed
been remarkable for the way in which both have
been intertwined for so long. That makes Tim's
decision to reinvent a major portion of that
career, combining road and studio into a seamless
whole, that much more impressive. For Tim, though,
the logic lies in the results.
"Using the band on the records brings
a new kind of honesty to the sound and makes
what we do on stage that much purer to the vision
we had originally," he says. "It is
also a huge comfort being in the studio with
those guys and singing to their tracks. We brought
a confidence level into recording this time.
We knew we could make a great record because
we had the confidence of the last album. We
were then able to go further, take it to another
That comfort and honesty show throughout the
16-song collection (there is also a bonus track).
Drawing on some of the genre's best writers,
including Rodney Crowell, Bruce Robison, Casey
Beathard, Anthony Smith, Bob DiPiero and Don
Schlitz, Tim and the Doctors journey through
a range of styles and emotions, with their years
as a working unit holding it all together. Tim,
long-time producer Byron Gallimore and second-time
producer/Dancehall Doctor Darran Smith produced
the record and for the first time Tim and Byron
mixed it as well to maintain a sound that was
true to the visions of the band.
"This record has a really personal feel
to it," he says. "It's almost a tapestry
of life, not just for us but in general, and
I think a lot of people will be able to relate
to it, and will be able to jump into this record
and flow downstream with it."
That ability to connect emotionally with an
audience is on display throughout Live Like
You Were Dying. It's an ability that begins
with his selection process.
"'Walk Like A Man,' for instance, is a
song that probably hits home with a lot of people,"
he says. "It certainly touches on some
of my growing up. It's a really personal song
in a lot of ways, but you can say there's something
personal about every song." Other favorites
include "Back When,” "Blank Sheet
Of Paper," written by his friends the Warren
Brothers with Don Schlitz ("That's one
of the most unique angles I've ever heard in
a song, from the point of view of a blank sheet
of paper") and "Kill Myself,"
which Tim describes as "probably my favorite
song I've ever done."
"My Old Friend" has become a concert
highlight, thanks to an accompanying video presentation.
"My friend Danny Knight, an Army chaplain
I met through Faith, began sending us really
cool pictures when he was in Afghanistan and
then Iraq," says Tim. "We matched
a lot of them up with the song, and putting
them in the show makes for a great moment. It
says something cool about Danny, and it's a
tribute to a friend who puts his life on the
It is the kind of moment that has long defined
Tim, both in concert and on CD. Whether the
song is poignant or raucous, Tim's connection
with his audience is undeniable. It has been
that way since he first hit paydirt in 1994
with "Indian Outlaw," a time-tested
crowd-pleaser in his live shows.
He had grown up in Start, Louisiana, finding
out by accident when he was 11 that baseball
great Tug McGraw was his father. McGraw's death
earlier this year, in fact, coincided with the
beginning of work on "Live Like You Were
Dying," a song made infinitely more poignant
for Tim by the coincidence.
"We were rehearsing when Tug was sick,"
says Tim, "and he died at the beginning
of January. We were in the studio at the end
of January, and we recorded this around 11:00
or 12:00 at night and everybody just poured
a lot of heart and soul into it. I think you
can hear that on the record."
Sports and music competed for Tim's attention
growing up, but by the time he was in college,
he had chosen music. He played solo in regional
nightspots, then headed to Nashville, where
he joined the throng of young hopefuls vying
for attention. His on-stage charisma helped
land him a record deal, and his debut album
hit the stores in April 1993. He and his band--many
of whom are still with him--took to the road
to hone the sound that continues to make his
concerts among the industry's most exciting.
With "Indian Outlaw," the hits started
coming, spawning multi-platinum albums and sell-out
In 1996, Tim's Spontaneous Combustion tour
found him paired with Faith Hill, whom he married
before the year was out. Together and separately
they have remained among the most successful
artists in every genre ever since, and to this
day, Tim plans his tours around family life
and school schedules. For all the success and
accolades that have come his way, you can hear
in his voice that this is the key to real happiness
in his life.
"Gracie'll be going into second grade
this year, which seems absolutely amazing to
us," he says, "because we can remember
when we couldn't believe they were actually
letting us take this child home. We wondered,
'Do they know what they're doing?' Maggie's
in first grade now and Audrey is two. As fast
as it's moving, we know we've got the good life.
We're very blessed, just very fortunate to have
the things we have."
TIM McGraw Q&A - (Published
following the release of SET THIS CIRCUS DOWN)
Tim McGraw would never allow a journalist to
see a document of this kind. He is proud of
what he's accomplished, but is uncomfortable
with the accolades. He would never allow his
fans to see a document like this. Of course
he's appreciative of what he has received, but
"feels guilty that his success cannot be shared
with all". In a few words, Tim McGraw feels
"like a bum with a pocket full of diamonds".
And so, after numerous conversations we've taken
it halfway. A bit of our feelings about Tim
and the rest just Tim - the way that only Tim
can be - straight forward, practical, honest
and direct. Enjoy the show.
Tim McGraw is to many, a modern day country
music Icon. He is the voice of a new generation
of country fans that have embraced him as a
leader, friend, producer, innovator and visionary.
An undeniable live entertainer that has left
his own indelible imprint on thousands of bars,
clubs, amphitheaters and stadiums, McGraw to
many, has taken the tradition of country music
to the mainstream without compromise.
He has learned from experience, he has maintained
his drive, he has kept himself personally and
musically grounded and has matured into not
just one of country music's best male vocalists,
but into one of its greatest examples. He has
sold nearly 25 million albums, had 21 Top 10
singles (17 #1's), won The County Music Association's
Album of The Year Award twice, is a two-time
Academy of Country Music Awards Male Vocalist
of The Year and has landed an award from every
award's show known to mankind. He has had 5
multi-platinum recordings and as his newest
offering "Set This Circus Down" has already
retained platinum status we find that the only
way to have been able to tell you all of that,
was to allow Tim McGraw to tell you all of this:
QUESTION: It seems like these days there
is not a lot of road work that figures into
the growth of a band.
ANSWER: I started playing clubs in 1987.
So I've been on the road playing for 14 years.
I think that's what has helped me to build my
career and our fan base. We'd have fans going
from club to club with us and we'd play to sold-out
audiences. We did songs like "Indian Outlaw",
which we've been playing since well before it
was recorded and still do play it to this day.
It's the ability to play these songs before
they come out that gives the songs a boost in
interest and familiarity. I think this concept
helped launch our career more than anything
and we still do it to this day.
QUESTION: Do you question the styles
of today with bands who don't tour or who seem
to be products of marketing or studio technology?
ANSWER: I don't hold anything against
anybody like that. Even if they're groomed,
trained or put together, they still want to
be an artist. They're following their dream.
They're trying to be successful and they want
a career and you get these kids that are out
there who may have just gotten a record deal
and they're willing to do whatever it takes
- whatever people tell them. They're only out
there just trying to hit a lick.
QUESTION: Do you feel that you true
to yourself as a musician?
ANSWER: Absolutely. I don't think that
you can be successful as an artist if you're
not being true to yourself. If you start doing
things according to what the critics say or
start changing what you do because of what people
say then you're a puppet. What do they want
you to be if you're not doing it the way you
want to do it.
QUESTION: So then you're rebel or bad
boy image. Is that just you or is that you just
doing things the way that enables you to be
true to yourself?
ANSWER: I wouldn't say bad boy. But I
do try to do things the way that I want. My
first album didn't work and perhaps that was
because I listened to everybody else and didn't
follow my heart. Now I stiffen my back and do
everything I can to make my records the way
my heart tells me.
QUESTION: How do you continue to dream
after selling 25 million albums?
ANSWER: It's the music. You just dream
about making music. I'm sure that there will
come a time where the records aren't as good
as they should be or when I'm just not feeling
it anymore and I'll just back off and let somebody
else do it for awhile.
QUESTION: "Set This Circus Down". How
much of your life has been a circus?
ANSWER: I wish that I could have written
the song because it really does sound autobiographical.
Everyday you throw the tent up, put the lights
up, do a show in a certain amount of time and
then do it all over again in another place.
We don't have any clowns, but we sure do have
a bunch of weirdo's out there with us.
QUESTON: You mention that you wished
you would've written the song. Is that what
makes a good song for you - one that you can
ANSWER: I think that as a recording artist
you have to find some way to relate to the song.
It doesn't necessarily have to relate to you,
but I do think at the least that you have to
be able to step outside your skin and look at
other situations in life.
You grew up listening to all sorts of music
ANSWER: Between the ages of like three
to six I spent a lot of time hauling cottonseed
across Louisiana listening to 8-tracks of Charlie
Pride, Merle Haggard and Charlie Rich. My mother
was a big Tammy Wynette and Tanya Tucker fan,
but she also listened to the Beach Boys and
Jan and Dean. If you were lucky enough to own
a record player you could listen to everything,
but for me the radio turned us on to R&B, Blues
and all sorts of music.
QUESTION: Why do you feel that the recording
industry pigeonholes musical genres and is this
part of the reason for the tension between the
traditionalist and contemporary country musicians?
ANSWER: I think what people have to realize
is that country music isn't just for people
in the rural south and pop music isn't only
for people in the big cities. Music is going
to end up where it ends up. What's amazing to
me is that pop music isn't really a genre. What
pop music is to me are all different types of
music that lean towards the middle. Nevertheless,
there are R&B purists and rap purists that don't
like the fact that they get played on pop radio.
So I think it's that way in every kind of musical
genre. For me I put blinders on when I go into
the studio and I make what I like as an artist.
To me that's what being an artist is all about.
C'mon, nobody is going to say that they don't
want their music played on a radio station.
That's ridiculous. As an artist you should want
to reach as many people as you can and the more
people that want to play it the better.
QUESTION: What do you say to those people
who say "Branford Marsalis, sell-out, Faith
Hill, sell-out, Dixie Chicks, sell-outs, Tim
ANSWER: I say that you're selling out
if you do things that other people want you
to do and not what you want to do.
QUESTION: You're not like a senior citizen,
but you could certainly be considered a spokesperson
for your industry given your statistics and
longevity in the business. Do you feel any responsibility
towards those around you in the business?
ANSWER: If I feel any responsibility it
would be to lead by my actions - to set a good
example for others. To me, setting a good example
is encouraging people through your actions to
be themselves - to make the kind of music that
they want to make.
QUESTION: How do you keep up the energy
and the desire to perform live?
ANSWER: Performing live is what I do. I
don't think that anybody ever gets into this
business or picks up a guitar or tries to learn
a song thinking, "man, I just can't wait till
I'm in this little room in this studio performing
my music". Everybody's image is to be on the
stage in front of thousands of people slinging
sweat. It's an amazing feeling being out in
front of that many people who know the words
to your songs. It definitely helps when you
QUESTION: Tell me about the artwork.
The concept, the layout is a departure for you
ANSWER: You know you get tired of seeing
your mug plastered on the top of everything.
I wanted something that people could hold in
their hand and look at like a book. I had this
vision for the cover of the art, but we couldn't
find a stock photo anywhere that was good. So
we found an artist and I conveyed what I was
thinking. It took awhile and a lot of hard work
from a lot of people to do that.
QUESTION: Some might feel that marriage,
children and age have taken away some of your
edge. Do you think so?
ANSWER: Well I do a few more ballads then
I used to and I do sing about different subjects
now that I'm older. But I don't think the edge
is gone at all in how I feel about how I approach
my music. But I'll tell you that when the edge
is gone then I'll know that it's time to go
coach high school football or something.
QUESTION: Are you at peace with yourself?
ANSWER: I'm in a good place in my life.
I've got a career that I love and a great family.
Are you appreciative of all that you have?
ANSWER: Absolutely. I mean I know the opposite
because I didn't grow up with a lot of stuff.
We really didn't grow up with anything. We got
love, but I grew up in a very depressed area.
There's not a day that goes by that I don't
appreciate what I have. But probably the toughest
thing about being successful is dealing with
the guilt that you feel about why you have success
and other people don't.
QUESTION: Without telling me about Faith
or family or the kids. What are Tim McGraw's
ANSWER: What I want to get out of my career,
out of everything that I do, out of my life,
out of myself is good music and good friends.
I want to be somebody who can be counted on.
When my kids grow up I want somebody to say
well if there's a project or something that
needs to be done and one of my kids says that
they're going to do it, I want everybody to
say well that's…that's a McGraw kid. I think
your legacy is probably the biggest accomplishment
that you can ever have. I hope that mine will
ultimately be children that are established,
well rounded and who one day will make a difference.
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