Tim McGraw: How He Picks The Right Songs
Tim McGraw recently announced details on his new album Standing Room Only, which will be released on August 25. McGraw is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Standing Room Only.” Tim has a knack for picking the right songs. In the last 30 years, he has charted 29 number-one songs.
I have interviewed McGraw several times over the years. Recently, he told me how he picks songs. He said, “Melody’s a big thing for me, but it can go either way. Look, sometimes a song is so well written, and the words are so beautiful that you really don’t care what the melody is. Conversely, sometimes a melody is so good that you don’t really care what the words say. It happens both ways. But for me, the perfect combination and what you strive to find as an artist is you strive to find those songs that both of those things are involved. Where it’s lyrically spot on perfect and melody is somethin’ that just sings itself, practically, and those are the songs that I love to find.”
He added, “You don’t always find those. Sometimes they lean a little more this way or a little more that way, but I’ve been fortunate in my career to be able to find quite a few songs that they lock up like that.”
Standing Room Only will feature 13 new tracks produced by Tim and his longtime producing partner Byron Gallimore. The new album marks McGraw’s first new record since 2020’s Here On Earth, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.
He said on his new album, “As an artist, I always want to dig deeper and get better every time I make a new record. It’s a big part of what drives me, and I really believe this is one of the best projects we’ve made.”
McGaw played a special intimate fans-only show at L.A.’s Whiskey A Go Go nightclub on the Sunset Strip last week, and while on stage, he announced his 2024 “Standing Room Only Tour.” Tim said, “I always want to deliver the best possible concert I can for the fans.”
He added, “We’ve got some really special plans to make this the biggest and the best tour we’ve ever done.”
“The Standing Room Only Tour” will hit arenas across 30+ cities starting March 14, 2024. Carly Pearce will join the Standing Room Only Tour on all dates as direct support.
McGraw posted to his 3.5 million followers on Instagram, “Announcing the Standing Room Only Tour 2024 with special guest @carlypearce! Tickets are on sale next Friday, August 4, at 10 am local time. Go to timmcgraw.com to sign up for notifications! Can’t wait to see you out there…”