OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Sings to You, Not at You

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OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Sings to You, Not at You

Published on January 14, 2013 by CMT News

Tim McGraw

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of
the spotlight.)

Only a very well-established country singer would say he doesn’t want to record just hit songs.
That’s what Tim McGraw said during an interview
for the cover story in the new issue of Billboard magazine
. “I hear hits every day. I pass on songs all the time
that I know are hits. But I don’t want to just do hits,” he said. I think what he meant was — and I could be wrong — that
he wants to do some songs that he loves but that may not be big radio hits. He also talks about how there are so many
great songs floating around in Nashville, he has trouble narrowing them down. And how once he gets to the recording process,
he likes to do things a certain way. “I try to be subtle in what I do. I like it to be dark in the studio when I’m doing vocals.
I don’t have any lyrics to look at, and I try to picture me sitting there on a bar stool right across from somebody, me just
talking to them, trying to get a message across,” McGraw said. “There’s a difference between singing at you and singing to

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