Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is a popular male singer in country music, having achieved many number one singles on the country charts, six multi-platinum albums and sales of over 25 million albums. He is married to popular female country singer Faith Hill. He was born in Delhi, Louisiana. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble (née D'Agostino, McGraw later received awards as an Italian-American) and his father was Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Early career

Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tim's mother, and he was originally named Stanley Tim McGraw. Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near Monroe. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11. As a child, he was torn between a career in music and a career in athletics. While attending Northwestern State University, he was drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana. Dropping out of university in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs in that city hoping to be discovered.

He signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts. He achieved a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind", off the same album in 1993.

Success

The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. The first single written by John D. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way. As a result of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994.

Continued success and home life

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. "Can't Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. Faith Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be prophetic as the singers married late in the year. The couple have had three daughters – Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001.

His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."

Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore.

King and Queen of country

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. The album sold 4 million copies. The first single "It’s Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country charts. Three more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows" and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts from the album. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997.

A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. It featured another four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me" with Patty Loveless “Something Like That”, “My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts. Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including Australia and Canada. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. The album also featured another duet between the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most popular singers along with Shania Twain.

During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the George Strait Country Music Festival. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges.

In the latter half of 2000, he and Hill went out on the "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Gardens. It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000.

Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time", "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken". A duet with Jo-Dee Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts. "Things Change" made the history as the first country song to chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song at the CMA Awards Show.

Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors

In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. Unlike rock music where it is commonplace for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded with session musicians.

Tim McGraw states on his web site that he felt he owed it to the musicians who had been an integral part of his success. "My previous albums were done in pretty much the Nashville way—the session guys came in and laid down their tracks and then I sang. I'm proud of all of those records, but I wanted to capture some of the feel and groove that I loved in my favorite records when I was growing up. It's almost unheard of for a country artist to record with his road band, but my guys have been with me for a long time, and they're an important part of what I do. And it was time to get that on a record."

All of the Dancehall Doctors had been with Tim McGraw since at least 1996. They include:

  • Darran Smith - lead guitar;
  • Denny Hemington - steel guitar;
  • Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;
  • John Marcus - bass guitar;
  • Dean Brown - fiddler;
  • Jeff McMahon - keyboards;
  • Billy Mason - drums; and
  • David Dunkley - percussion.

Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors was released on November 26, 2002 reached number 2 on the country charts with "Real Good Man" reaching number one. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached number 2 in 2003 and "Red Rag Top" reached the top 5. The album also features a faithful cover version of "Tiny Dancer" from Elton John's album Madman Across the Water. The artist also features appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" - a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks - and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal".

Over and Over

In late 2004, his unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on "Over and Over", a soft ballad of lost love, became an enormous crossover hit. [1] (http://www.sixshot.com/articles/4572/)

"Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market.

Politics

In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office in the future. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual in the predominantly Republican country music industry.

Discography

  • Tim McGraw (album) (1993)
  • Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
  • All I Want (1995)
  • Everywhere (1997)
  • Place in the Sun (1999)
  • Greatest Hits (Tim McGraw) (2000)
  • Set this Circus Down (2001)
  • Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002)
  • Live Like You Were Dying (2004)

Further reading

Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors - This is Ours, Atria Books, 2002 (ISBN 074346706X).


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Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors - This is Ours, Atria Books, 2002 (ISBN 074346706X). Hunter and Ronson worked and toured together sporadically until 1993, when Ronson died, after which Hunter continued his solo career. In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office in the future. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual in the predominantly Republican country music industry. After releasing two albums which met with little success, Mott added John Fiddler and became British Lions, soon to split up without any major success. "Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market. Ronson and Hunter soon left the group to form a duo, while Ray Major and Nigel Benjamin were added to continue the group, which soon changed its name to Mott. [1] (http://www.sixshot.com/articles/4572/). After The Hoople, a live album was released and Mick Ronson replaced Bender in 1974.

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Unlike rock music where it is commonplace for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded with session musicians. Stevens changed the band's name to Mott the Hoople, taken from a Willard Manus novel. In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. Stan was soon injured and could not sing but the band lobbied and eventually signed with Island Records and moved to London to record with Guy Stevens as producer. A duet with Jo-Dee Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts. "Things Change" made the history as the first country song to chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song at the CMA Awards Show. Adding high-voiced lead singer Stan Tippens in 1969, the band recorded early tracks at a studio in Monmouth, later dominated by Love Sculpture and Dave Edmunds. Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time", "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken". Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Overend Pete Watts and Dale Griffin (often referred to as 'Buffin') formed a band called Silence in 1968, playing near Hereford.

It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000. Mott the Hoople were a popular 1970s rock and roll band that maintained a large audience without ever achieving mainstream success. In the latter half of 2000, he and Hill went out on the "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Gardens. Drive On. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges. Shouting And Pointing. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. Live (1974).

During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the George Strait Country Music Festival. The Hoople (1974). By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most popular singers along with Shania Twain. Mott (1973). The album also featured another duet between the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. All The Young Dudes (1972). The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. Brain Capers (1971).

Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wildlife (1971). Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. Mad Shadows (1970). Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including Australia and Canada. Mott The Hoople (1969). Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music. It featured another four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me" with Patty Loveless “Something Like That”, “My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums.

The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. The first single "It’s Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country charts. Three more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows" and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts from the album. The album sold 4 million copies.

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore. Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. The other ten percent I'll probably waste.".

Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. The couple have had three daughters – Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001. Faith Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be prophetic as the singers married late in the year.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. "Can't Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200.

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts. As a result of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way.

The first single written by John D. The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. He achieved a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind", off the same album in 1993. He signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts.

Dropping out of university in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs in that city hoping to be discovered. While attending Northwestern State University, he was drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana. As a child, he was torn between a career in music and a career in athletics. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11.

Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near Monroe. Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tim's mother, and he was originally named Stanley Tim McGraw. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble (née D'Agostino, McGraw later received awards as an Italian-American) and his father was Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was born in Delhi, Louisiana.

He is married to popular female country singer Faith Hill. Tim McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is a popular male singer in country music, having achieved many number one singles on the country charts, six multi-platinum albums and sales of over 25 million albums. Live Like You Were Dying (2004). Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002).

Set this Circus Down (2001). Greatest Hits (Tim McGraw) (2000). Place in the Sun (1999). Everywhere (1997).

All I Want (1995). Not a Moment Too Soon (1994). Tim McGraw (album) (1993). David Dunkley - percussion.

Billy Mason - drums; and. Jeff McMahon - keyboards;. Dean Brown - fiddler;. John Marcus - bass guitar;.

Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;. Denny Hemington - steel guitar;. Darran Smith - lead guitar;.

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