OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Wanted to Make Taylor Swift Duet an Event

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OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Wanted to Make Taylor Swift Duet an Event

Published on January 25, 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.)

Country songwriter Mark Irwin was in Chicago on Thursday (Jan. 24), and I had a chance to
ask him about the songs he co-wrote on Tim McGraw‘s upcoming Two Lanes
of Freedom
album. Irwin, who refers to himself as a “song maker-upper,” talked about what a really good song picker McGraw
is.

“That he thought these songs were good enough to be in the whole lexicon of songs he recorded is really exciting,”
Irwin said. “He’s one of the few artists who hasn’t started writing, himself, just to put his names on songs. He turns to
writer to do their jobs. That’s always worked for him and he’s a really smart guy.”

Irwin, who grew up going to open
mic nights in and around New York City, decided to pack up and move to Nashville in the late ’80s after people kept telling
him he was “way too country.” And now, more than two decades later, he’s certainly country enough. After writing songs for
Alan Jackson, Martina
McBride
, Jimmy Buffett, Hank
Williams Jr.
and many others, he’s now on the verge of McGraw’s album release. The album has three songs that Irwin co-wrote,
including the much-anticipated duet with Taylor Swift, “Highway Don’t
Care.”

“It was Tim who came up with the idea to put Taylor on it. It’s basically about a guy leaving someone and driving
around and trying to forget the person they’re leaving,” he said. “Then, of course, the song comes on the radio that reminds
them of that person and makes them think about things even more.” He described it as a mid-tempo kind of groove and very modern
country. “It’s just very Tim.” Keith Urban has a guitar solo on the
song, and when I asked Irwin about that, he said, “Tim really wanted to make this song an event.”

Other songs Irwin
helped pen include “Friend of a Friend” and “Tinted Windows.” That one, he told me, is about first cars and first loves. “It’s
an old story about how through the years, things can change and how love can fade,” Irwin said. “It’s a metaphor for looking
into his lover’s eyes, and her eyes are tinted windows, so he’s not sure what he sees behind them.”

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