Friday, July 26, 2013

2. OÖ Linedance Contest in Ried/Riedmark

2. OÖ Linedance Contest in Ried/Riedmark

In Ried in der Riedmark fand am 1. Juni 2013 im Rahmen des Union-Zeltfestes der 2. OÖ Linedance Contest statt, organisiert und unterstützt von Doc Tom & The Bandits (www.doctom.at). Zur großen Freude vieler Fans war für das Abendprogramm zusätzlich die ungarische Band Midnight Spezial (www.elizamusic.eu) engagiert. Also musste ich natürlich dort sein. Wie schon im letzten Bericht geschrieben, stand ich nachmittags noch in Krems/Donau und freute mich gerade über das Angebot von Norbert Girsa (VCWC) mich nach Ried/Riedmark zu fahren. An dieser Stelle nochmals ein großes DANKE an Norbert für diesen Freundschaftsdienst.


Ca. 16:30 h setzte mich daher Norbert vor dem Zelt der Sportunion in Ried ab, konnte jedoch selber nicht dort bleiben. Gegen 18 h traf auch schon Midnight Special ein, Soundcheck nach Beendigung des Contest und 20 h Start zum ersten Set (u. a. >Mr. Mom<, >Sally Ann<, >Summertime Blues<, >Online<, etc.). Bereits beim ersten Song stürmten die reichlich vorhandenen Linedancer die Tanzfläche und das sollte sich die ganze Nacht nicht mehr ändern. Es war genauso als später auch Doc Tom & The Bandits spielten!

Der Linedance Contest wurde ja schon nachmittags abgehalten. Wie viele Tänzer hier ihre besten Tanzstücke zeigten kann ich leider nicht sagen, es war jedenfalls eine ungeheure Menge. Aber die Namen der teilnehmenden Vereine möchte ich euch nicht vorenthalten:

Tigerfeet LD (Strasshof), Wolf Spirit LD (Amstetten), Energy LD (Kaprun), Lonestar LD (Marchtrenk), The Dancing Wolves LD (Wien), The Teeny Wolves LD (Wien), Hot Pepper Dancers (Wien), Sepp’n Ranch Dancers (Neumarkt i. Mk.), Government First LD (Allhaming), Blue Devils (Wolkersdorf), Star Stone Stompers (Bad Leonfelden), Wild Wing Dancers (Wien), Crazy Boots LD (Katsdorf), All Saints Stompers (Allerheiligen), Millquarter LD (Mauthausen).

Außerdem sah ich später noch Tänzer von den Black Sheep LD, Kingsfield LD, Rocky Mountain LD, Bugfield LD, No Name LD, No Limit LD, und Freakshow. Erstaunlich, wie sich diese Vereine vermehren. Sollte ich da jemanden namentlich übersehen haben – bitte um Verzeihung. Erfreulicherweise sind nun auch mehr Männer unter den Linedancern zu finden, sogar kleine Kinder tanzen sehr geschickt. Besonders schön finde ich, wenn wirklich alle, mindestens 50 oder mehr Tänzer das gleiche tanzen, wie z. b. bei >Cajun Hoedown<.

In der ersten Pause überreichte Rainer von der Band Doc Tom an jeden teilnehmenden Linedance-Verein einen Anerkennungspreis – Siegerpreis gibt es hier ja keinen, es ist kein Wettbewerb.

Weiter ging es – erstes Set von Doc Tom & The Bandits mit feurigen TexMex-Nummern (>Pizziricco<, >Hey Baby Que Paso<, etc.) und die Tanzfläche war sofort wieder brechend voll. Brechend im wahrsten Sinn des Wortes, weil inzwischen einige Dielen der Belastung nachgegeben hatten. Das wurde natürlich schnellstens repariert.

Midnight Special war wieder an der Reihe, mit >Hotel California<, >Mercury Blues< u. a., dann kam wieder Doc Tom & The Bandits. Und in deren 2. Set hörte ich was ganz lustiges: den Hitparadenstürmer von Hubert von Goisern >Brenna tuats guat< . Mit diesem Titel hatten sie 2012 in der Pullman City den 1. Preis als Band gewonnen. Das Lied hat so gut wie gar nichts mit Country zu tun und dennoch tobten sich eingefleischte Linedancer dazu aus. Wenn der Rhythmus passt – warum nicht? Funny.

Drittes und letztes Set von Midnight Special mit >More than I can say<, >Ring of Fire<, >Peaceful easy feelin’<. Und auch hier wieder eine Überraschung, denn als Zugabe spielten sie ein Medley in dem plötzlich Akós mit der Fiddle Hava Nagila und dann den Donauwalzer einflocht ... hach.

Den Abschluss dieser wirklich gelungenen Veranstaltung machte der Contest-Organisator Doc Tom & The Bandits. Aus dem geplanten gemütlichen Zusammensitzen nach getaner Arbeit wurde nun leider nichts mehr. Denn da um 20 h ein endloser Starkregen begonnen hatte stand ein Teil des Geländes um 2:30 h Früh schon unter Wasser und die Kanäle gingen über. Die Musiker von Midnight Spezial und ich wollten nur noch unser Hotel finden. Am nächsten Tag zeigte sich bereits die Katastrophe. Ich wollte ursprünglich mit dem Zug nach Linz und dann nach Wien zurück fahren, doch das Hochwasser machte mir einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Kein Zugverkehr nach Linz, also mit der Band im Auto. In Linz war die Donau bereits über die Ufer getreten, wir konnten nicht zum Bahnhof wegen Umleitungen. Kurz entschlossen brachte mich die Band mit dem Auto nach Hause, direkt bis vor die Haustüre in Wien. Freundschaft ist eben wirklich Gold wert!

Zusammenfassend möchte ich sagen: Der Contest war eine bestens organisierte Veranstaltung der sehr viel Vorbereitungsarbeit verlangt hat und sicher eine Fortsetzung finden wird. Danke an alle Musiker und die Mitarbeiter der Sportunion Ried/Riedmark.

Text und Fotos: Eliza für Country Music News International



Owen, Janson and others bring the Thunder

Owen, Janson and others bring the Thunder by Tracy Nightingale

No shortage of eye candy for the ladies is how one might describe the list of only male headlining performers who played July 18-21 at Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin this concert season. Noted as one of the strongest festival line-ups this year, this 4 day long country music extravaganza had been sold out for months prior to anyone taking the stage. The first one to do that, and a definite highlight, was Chris Janson, who’s single “Better I Don’t” might have been good advice for at least a few of the 40,000 party goers who filled the grounds each day. Although it should be said that the security team who had to deal with those who were disruptive, did so in a swift and professional manner. Justin Moore and Dierks Bentley followed on opening night and both had strong, energetic sets that set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

Other than the women of Little Big Town, who never disappoint, newcomers Morgan Frazier, “Yellow Brick Road” and Sarah Darling, “Little Umbrellas” rounded out the only other female artists on the bill, though both had early sets. Keith Urban and Brad Paisley were tops on nights 2 and 3 respectively and both undoubtedly brought the best of their world tour, arena shows with them. The fourth and final headliner was Jake Owen, who may be less experienced as a headliner than the other three but you would never have known it. All eyes were on him and at one point, his wife and baby girl whom he proudly brought on stage.  Hunter Hayes, Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee and Brett Eldredge are just more of the reasons that this years line-up was so strong. Heading into their 22nd year, Country Thunder, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin 2014 tickets are currently on sale and going fast.

Tracy Nightingale for Country Music News International

Luke Bryan’s Party is One To Crash

Luke Bryan’s Party is One To Crash by Tracy Nightingale

On the cusp of releasing his 4th studio album, Crash My Party, Luke Bryan is on his first headlining tour and bringing his A game. It’s halfway through nearly a year long trek and sell out crowds are just feeding his momentum. Summerfest in Milwaukee is a haven for music lovers and showcases hundreds of musical acts over the course of it’s annual eleven day run but on July 3rd even the fireworks over the lake didn’t distract the crowd enough to take their eyes off of that mans swiveling hips.

A silhouette rising from a bright white lighted platform is where he began “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” and the there were more heart pumping moments to come. Although the show kept good pace he doesn’t necessarily make what he does look easy. The talent isn’t in question but it’s obvious by his facial expressions just how much work he’s putting into these shows. This is his first time as top biller and he’s not taking it for granted. Bryan covered every inch of the stage, slapped every hand that he could reach, maybe even twice and never let his energy level go below soaring. Even when you think he’s slowing it down a bit with songs like “Do I” or “Drunk On You” it never appears that he and his band are not giving everything but their all. Though some artists place their biggest or most popular hits toward the end of a set, or last before the encore, Bryan blasts this crowd of twenty three thousand with “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” at the very end of the encore. Likely knowing everyone came, in part, to hear that song live, he keeps you waiting til the end of the night for a highlight that is hard to forget.

Recently announcing their own headline tour, duo Florida/Georgia Line fully packed the house which is often unusual for the first of three acts. Someone un-familiar with the genre could have walked into Marcus Amphitheater and not know they weren’t experiencing the main event. They have taken country music by storm, are booming crowd favorites and the perfect compliment to Bryan’s tour.  Sandwiched in between is Thompson Square; a husband and wife combo who recently missed some dates due to Keifer Thompson’s forced vocal rest. The centerpiece of their set was “Glass” where a beautiful background video focused on the couples charitable work for ChildFund International. The Dirt Road Diaries Tour continues through the USA until October.

 Tracy Nightingale for Country Music News International

On The Road With Parmalee

On The Road With Parmalee - Tracy Nightingale

Coming off of their second Opry performance just 48 hours prior to sitting down with me, the boys of Parmalee still had a lingering excitement among them. “It was a lot cooler this time. The first time, it was The Grand Ole Opry and we’d never done it before and it was one of those lifetime achievement things.” says Barry Knox (bass). He continues “So I think every single one of us was nervous.” Josh McSwain (guitar) adds “This time was much more relaxed. We were still nervous but nothing like the first time.”

Parmalees second single “Carolina” has done decent on the charts and was what most of the fans were waiting to hear at Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, WI on a hot July 19th afternoon. Putting some finishing touches on an EP due out sometime soon, Matt Thomas (lead vocals, guitar) explains “Next year we will do a full length record but we’re going to release some new music real soon.” Comprised of 2 brothers, a cousin and a childhood friend, Parmalees first single “Musta Had a Good Time” was written based on some life experiences the group shared growing up. Curious how a lifetime together allows for creative freedom, Matt explained “I think we always kind of challenge each other to keep coming up with ideas. You always have to make a move forward and that’s part of being an artist.” Josh says “We’ve always written on life experiences, but until a couple of years ago we didn’t have all the experiences that we have now.” And those life experiences aren’t all the kind that make for a party song. In 2010 after a club show, Scott Thomas (drums) was shot three times during an attempted robbery on the bands RV. Early on, it wasn’t a forgone conclusion that he would survive. Josh continues “That experience alone kind of changed all of us. Just now knowing we’re not guaranteed the next day. So we’ve written a couple of songs about that. ‘Another Day Gone’ is one that will be on the upcoming EP.”

They joke about other current topics for writing which includes girls. “There’s only 3 kinds of songs just about in country music,” says Matt, “There’s love songs, there’s fun time party songs and then there’s a song about the town.” Josh adds “So the new one is called ‘Party Girl Town’!” and erupts laughter throughout the room. Maybe not completely truthful, but nonetheless it will be exciting to see what this group brings our way next.

 Tracy Nightingale for Country Music News International

Summer NAMM Takes Over Nashville

Summer NAMM Takes Over Nashville- Chuck Schultz


A new, state-of-the-art venue, more brands and major buying power built to a lively crescendo as the music product industry converged in Nashville for the largest Summer National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in five years. NAMM members celebrated the move to Nashville’s Music City Center conducting brisk business, but also taking in the many opportunities to learn from peers and industry icons, while networking with the leaders of the global music product world.
This year’s Summer NAMM reminded me of some of the past Nashville shows a decade ago when companies were really excited about growth and opportunity,” said NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond. “We’re grateful to our members who came to exhibit, stock up for the fall and holiday selling season and attend the increased educational and networking sessions that NAMM produced.”
Held July 11 – 13, 2013 NAMM’s Nashville-based event took advantage of the new venue’s room to grow by increasing in exhibit square footage by 25-percent over 2012. In total there were 422 exhibiting companies, representing more than 1150 brands, which represented a 12% increase over the previous year. Part of the new growth can be attributed to the 157 first-time exhibiting companies and many returning brands, some after many years off.
Big buying power met the increase in brands with the number of retail businesses rising more than 26% from the previous year. In total 11,498 people registered for the show, not including Music Industry Day, a slight increase over 2012. Retailers in the exhibit hall were focused on finding the right products and accessories to fuel the all-important 4th quarter and holiday season.
"We're here shopping fun, colorful, unique and price point items that will make great holiday gifts, while also thinking about promotions to sell what we are buying, which I wasn't doing last year. I'm much more focused this year, in part thanks to the opening morning Retail Summit, which zeroed in on a very specific topic, holiday, and opened my mind to opportunities that I may have missed in past seasons,” said Gayle Beacock, co-owner of Beacock Music Company, Inc. in Vancouver, WA, who was named the 2013 Dealer of the Year during Summer NAMM.
Both the quality of buyers and the number of retailers that exhibitors hadn’t met before surpassed many exhibitors’ expectations. “The bonus for us was that we got to meet dealers who don’t go to the NAMM Show in Anaheim,” said Sheryl Laukat, CEO of Cannonball Musical Instruments. “They are very important to us, and it was great to sit down, see their faces and really connect. And we may have picked up some new dealers; it’s looking really good.”
Summer NAMM’s new digs, the Music City Center, proved a natural fit. The refrain repeated by retailers and brands alike played clearly – Music City Center might have been tailor-made for Summer NAMM. Carolina Bridges of Deering Banjos noted MCC’s delightful sound qualities. “The acoustics in here are perfect for people to hear our instruments,” she said. While Scott Thompson, vice president of sales for The Music Link noted the aesthetics, “The best thing about the new Center is the natural light, which makes people happy and makes our guitars and mandolins look just beautiful.”
NAMM didn’t end at show close each day. A new series of first-class evening events brought the industry together for inspiration, networking and good times. They kicked off with a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’ Nashville years to warm-up the crowd on Wednesday night. “The gatherings that NAMM hosts are a nice touch,” said Ron Partain of Ron’s World of Music in Alabama. “It’s good, as a member, to feel appreciated.”


With the positive buzz coming from dealers as well as exhibitors, NAMM members are anticipating a viable second half of 2013 and looking toward 2014 with heightened expectations of an industry showing encouraging vibrancy. Many are laying plans for future NAMM shows already. “This is my first show. It’s crazy!” said Ronald Irizarry of ARJ Percussion. “My only regret? I wish I had gotten a bigger booth.”

 Chuck Schultz for Country Music News International

Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Janson, bring the Jam by Chuck Schultz

Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Janson, bring the Jam by Chuck Schultz
It was another successful year at Jam In The Valley This was the 20th anniversary of Western New York’s only 3-day country concert event in Varysburg New York, and even though things were a bit muddy to start out, I’d have to say it’s one of the best festivals I’ve been to in North America.


Highlights were many and the energy was high. Chris Janson. This guy is good. I would say the highest energy show I have seen in a long time. His 70 minute set to start of the festival made you want to scream “Truck Yeah.”
Day 2 offered up the likes of Scotty McCreery, an artist on the comeback trail, Chris Cagle and the man running from the ‘p o - p o’ Dierks Bentley had the feel of a honkytonk for 12,000 of your closest friends.
The final day was packed with the tight sounds of Parmalee, a great set from Randy Houser, but the highlight was an amazing 2 hour set from Montgomery Gentry. I could go on and on about Montgomery Gentry. They are true monarchs in this business that have only gotten better even amidst recent rumors of their “split.” The exploded onto the stage with “My Town” and commenced to play just about every song in their cannon, if there is an underappreciated duo in the business today it is Montgomery Gentry.
From music to the incredible fireworks, the 20th anniversary of Jam In The Valley was simply awesome! Yes, the weather was hot and sticky on the good days and wet and muddy and frustrating on the bad days, but it never seems to bother any of the fans, and the workers, volunteers and musicians always stay professional and dedicated. Here is to an amazing 21st Anniversary show in 2014!
 Chuck Schultz for Country Music News International
Photo (c) Kelly E Schultz



Nicole Kacey a unique talent


It takes a unique talent and a large fan base to make it in Country music…maybe even larger numbers to impress those fans in the state of Texas. Fortunately for new artist Nicole Kacey, a 21-year-old from Pearland, Texas, she got a head start; her amazing vocals and stage presence allowed her to be front and center as the lead singer of a popular regional band. Paving the way for her to build a following, Nicole works to achieve her dream by constantly promoting herself and her music as she attends college, goes on the road with the band, and prepares to record songs for a CD to be released on the newly formed Red Set Records.
Like many before her, Nicole began singing at a very young age in her church (an 11-year-old was featured in the adult choir) and in school assemblies. She later focused her energies on high school musicals such as “Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Sound of Music,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Her confidence growing, Nicole moved on to solo competitions such as the “Colgate Country Showdown,” the Pearland, Texas “Let Freedom Ring” contest (in which she entered and won) and “Pearland Idol,” where producer and owner of Red Set Records, Beaux Williams, “tracked” her down after her rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” made an impression on everyone there that night.
“Being in a successful band was an eye-opener for me,” Nicole says. “I’ve always loved to sing and dance and being in front of a club crowd was different that anything I’d done before. I like to use the crowd as my entertainment and that has allowed me to learn to read what they like, want and need to have a great time.”
Bringing this knowledge with her in to the studio, Nicole aims to make her debut CD as moving and entertaining as her live performances.
“I want this CD to be one you can play whether you are having a great day or a bad one,” she explains. “This music allows you to escape or rejoice or whatever the case may be. Zone out and relate to the music! That’s what country music is about after all.”
Ranging in tempo and style, Nicole’s CD features songs from top Nashville songwriters as well as originals she penned upon signing with Red Set Records. From mainstream ballads to folksy Texas sounds, the music will showcase Nicole’s vocal range and flexibility as an artist. This aspect is a new challenge and one she welcomes as she forays in to a solo career.
“I’m excited about making my own music and creating a signature style with these songs,” Nicole says. “Covering well-known songs brings a sort of familiarity for the audience and I am looking forward to introducing them to a different side of me.”
Nicole has had the opportunity to play at venues across the state and open for such national acts as Mark Chesnutt and Texas music artist, Kyle Parks. Earlier this year, Nicole had the honor of singing at the Houston Rockets “New Years Eve Game” at the Toyota Center in Houston. As she moves forward in these beginning stages of her career, she is excited about what’s to come.
“This is what I got into music for,” she says. “I’m working toward a goal I set for myself a long time ago and I’m happy with the direction it has taken me. The future is wide-open and I’m hopeful that my music will touch others and that I have a chance to make a difference with it.”
For more information, please visit www.nicolekacey.com.

Lilly of the West meets Lucky Luke

Lilly of the West meets Lucky Luke

Samstag, den 1. Juni 2013, brachte LUCKY LUKE den >Wilden Westen< nach Krems an der Donau. So bequem wie ich mit dem Zug dorthin anreisen durfte war es sicher zu der damaligen Zeit nicht.

Der Comic Walk vor dem Karikaturmuseum bot bereits die richtige Einstimmung in das Thema. Um 10 h begann dann die Führung durch die Ausstellung für die Medienvertreter, ausgezeichnet erklärt und begleitet vom Kurator Gottfried Gusenbauer und natürlich dem Künstler ACHDÉ höchstselbst. Lucky Luke zählt zu den erfolgreichsten europäischen Comic-Klassikern. Diese Ausstellung ist weltweit einzigartig und würdigt die Arbeiten des Künstlers Achdé sowie des Gründervaters dieser Comic-Figur, Morris (Maurice de Bèvére). Sie räumt mit Klischees auf und lässt bei manchem den Kindheitstraum vom >Cowboy und Indianer< wieder wach werden.

Während der Führung hatte schon die extra aus Bulgarien eingeflogene Bluegrassband LILLY OF THE WEST (www.lillydrumeva.net) ihren Soundcheck auf der Open-Air-Bühne gemacht so dass um Punkt 11 h mit der Eröffnungszeremonie begonnen werden konnte. Die Band spielte einen Song über den >poor lonesome Cowboy<, dann übernahm der Moderator Robert Kratky. Er führte durch die Interviews mit Direktor Gusenbauer, dem französischen Botschafter S. E. Gompertz, dem Künstler Andé (Zeichner von Lucky Luke) und schließlich durfte Landesrätin Mag. Barbara Schwarz die Ausstellung eröffnen.

Bühne frei für eine ganze Stunde mit LILLY OF THE WEST. Es spielten Yassen Vassilev (Guit., voc.), Lilly Drumeva (guit., fiddle, lead voc.), Michail Shishkov (dobro, harmonica, piano), Svoboda Bozduganova (Upright bass, voc.) und Michal Barock (Mandolin) eine ausgezeichnete Mischung von Bluegrass – Swing und etwas Folklore aus Bulgarien. Auch ihre CDs wurden gerne gekauft. Aus Wien waren viele Mitglieder des Vienna Country & Western Clubs im traditionellen Country- und Western-Outfit angereist – eine Augenweide, die die Veranstaltung zusätzlich aufgeputzt hat.

Auch an die Kinder hatte man gedacht. Es gab für sie ein Goldsuch-Spiel, ein gefundenes Nugget konnte gegen einen Burger getauscht werden.

Ungefähr um 13:30 h war alles vorbei. Und nun hätte ich ein ganz großes Problem bekommen, denn ich musste von Krems ja noch weiterfahren nach Ried in der Riedmark. Kein eigenes Auto, keine öffentliche Anbindung zu diesem Ort – was tun??? Das Schicksal meinte es gut mit mir, denn Norbert Girsa – Obmann des Vienna Country & Westernclubs – erklärte sich bereit, mich nach Ried in der Riedmark zu fahren.

Freunde sind nicht mit Gold zu bezahlten – doch das wird nun eine andere Geschichte.

Text und Fotos: Eliza für Country Music News International


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TIM MCGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT

TIM MCGRAW'S TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 TOUR SPEEDS
INTO FINAL WEEKEND

"ACM PRESENTS: TIM MCGRAW'S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT" Set For Rebroadcast This Friday, July 26 On CBS
 
Nashville, TN- July 25, 2013- Superstar Tim McGraw has been selling out venues across the country this summer on his TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 tour.  The "characteristically high-octane…" (Billboard) show that has pulled in capacity crowds topping out at more 21,000 fans a night will make its final stops this weekend in Toronto, Ont (7/25); Bethel, NY (7/26) and Virginia Beach, VA (7/27).
 

 
"McGraw successfully set the party tone for the summer…" Buffalo News
 

 
"electrifying stage presence" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 

 
"The man sweats star power and has an effortless, sexy swagger that make it hard to believe he's a mere mortal, yet he performs with humility, smiling at the response from the crowd as if he's genuinely
surprised they like him." Tampa Tribune
 

 
Throughout the tour this summer, McGraw continued his HomeFront program by awarding mortgage-free homes to military veterans and their families at each tour stop.  Last year, McGraw teamed up with Chase and Operation Homefront to launch the program which has awarded nearly 60 newly renovated mortgage-free homes provided by Chase to deserving military families.
 
 
In an unprecedented move, the CBS Television Network is set to rebroadcast ACM PRESENTS: TIM McGRAW’S SUPERSTAR SUMMER NIGHT tomorrow, July 26 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.  McGraw spotlights the hottest music of the summer and calls on some of his favorite performers and  friends from country music in this powerhouse summer music celebration. (The special was originally broadcast on 5/19/13.)  The two-hour concert event  features McGraw performing songs from his latest album TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, and some of today’s chart-topping artists including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry, with can’t-miss duets and collaborations with John Fogerty, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo and Pitbull.
 
For more information, visit www.timmcgraw.com.

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