NASHVILLE, TN. (Schmidt Relations) - Grammy award-winning superstar Tim McGraw
will release LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING, his ninth album, on August 24. The album is one of the most anticipated releases due this year and will feature his touring band, the Dancehall Doctors, for their second consecutive project.
The album's title track, written by Craig
Wiseman and Tim Nichols, has become the fastest rising chart single of McGraw's career, breaking into the top 5 in just 4 weeks. Sherman Halsey
directed the hot new video for "Live Like You Were Dying." It is Halsey's nineteenth video with McGraw.
LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING was recorded in upstate New York at Allaire Studios with longtime producer Byron Gallimore and second-time producer and Dancehall Doctor Darran Smith. "When we went to Allaire to make the last album (TIM MCGRAW & THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS), it was a totally new thing for us as a band," says McGraw.
"We had history together as a touring band and that gave us an incredible creative foundation to work with, but it was a totally new experience for all of us. We weren't exactly sure what to expect from ourselves or how fans would react to the music. This time we were able to go up there with confidence and experience under our belt. We were able to share a similar reference point - even in how we talked about the music. And I think, well I hope anyway, that you can hear that experience in the way we cut the record. When I go to make an album, I always have something personally that I want to do different or improve upon. This time, all 9 of us had those kinds of goals. It takes a certain amount of assurance to reach for more, but the fans gave us that assurance and we went for it."
Fans at this summer's OUT LOUD tour are enjoying a taste of the new record, including songs "How Bad Do You Want It," "My Good Friend," "Drugs Or Jesus" and "Blank Sheet of Paper," co-written by opening act the Warren Brothers.
McGraw's decade-long hot streak encompasses 22 Number-One singles and seven multi-platinum albums with a total of 30 million records sold worldwide. His enduring status as one of country music's most popular and respected performers have seen his concert tours consistently rank at No 1 in country music and top 5 in all genres.
McGraw's 2002 NBC Live Concert Special was viewed by over 10 million fans on closing night of November sweeps, beating out U2 and Paul McCartney's specials. McGraw was the headline act at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway and recently contributed the closing credit song, "Wherever The Trail May Lead," to Disney's animated film "Home On The Range."
On October 15, he'll make his major motion picture acting debut in the Universal/Imagine film "Friday Night Lights" with Billy Bob Thornton.