Last night at the Edison Ballroom on 47th Street, Tim McGraw brought some good old-fashioned damn country music to the heart of New York City. The superstar singer was hosting an intimate show for fans to celebrate the release of his brand new studio effort Damn Country Music. Pandora Radio and McGraw’s label Big Machine Records hosted the concert, treating the crowd to a very special encounter with the world-famous country crooner.
McGraw hit the stage and opened with his southern rock anthem “Truck Yeah” with had the city crowd stompin’ there feet and singing along. From there, he launched into his classic hit “Something Like That” where one of those magical concert moments happened. As McGraw sang the first verse – “It was Labor Day weekend, I was 17 / I bought a Coke and some gasoline.” And, right then and there, a fan reached out and handed McGraw a Coke. And not just any Coke, either. An old-fashioned glass bottle that read “Share a Coke with Tim McGraw” on the label. Whoever that fan was, they nailed it.
Throughout the set, McGraw premiered his new album’s title track “Damn Country Music,” which surprisingly a smooth ballad contrary to the song’s tough title. He also played “Here Tonight” plus the nostalgic and heartbreaking “California.”
“Ive been doing this a long time,” McGraw said at one point during the set. “I wrote this when I was in 7th grade. It’s called ‘Just To See You Smile.‘” The crowd erupted, as he started the bittersweet song. Fans were treated to other hits including “Down on The Farm,” “Southern Girl,” “Shotgun Rider,” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
Tim McGraw is one of the greatest country artists of his generation. His catalog has produced ten #1 discs on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. Throughout his decorated career, he’s garnered three Grammy Awards, eleven CMA Awards, and fourteen ACM Awards. Last year, McGraw was honored with the Country Music Icon at the People’s Choice Awards. His fourteenth studio effort Damn Country Music dropped last week.