Tim McGraw headed to late evening tv as soon as once more this week, performing his new music “Arduous to Keep Mad At” on The Late Present With Stephen Colbert. Clad in his signature black cowboy hat, a darkish shirt and denims, McGraw sat on a stool in entrance of a wall of floor-to-ceiling home windows in an alcove in his house embellished with full-length curtains, his band behind him for accompaniment and a music stand propped subsequent to McGraw.
Written by powerhouse Nashville songwriters Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Lori McKenna, the candy music is simply what it seems like, a love letter to the individual McGraw finds “exhausting to remain mad at.” “Should you weren’t so rattling cussed / We’d’ve by no means acquired this far / Be simply one other casualty, two folks in a bar,” the refrain reads. “Right here we’re, one other day / Each time I stroll away I stroll proper again / You are exhausting to remain mad at.” The total band behind him would not take away from McGraw’s voice, in addition to the love he conveys by the lyrics.
“Arduous to Keep Mad At” is from McGraw’s new album Right here on Earth, which was launched this month and is McGraw’s first solo album in 5 years. On Wednesday, McGraw was introduced as one of many performers for this 12 months’s ACM Awards and can take the stage on the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, considered one of three venues the annual present will broadcast from subsequent month. The nation star will carry out his current single, “I Known as Mama.”
McGraw informed Right this moment‘s Willie Geist that he started engaged on Right here on Earth on the finish of his 2018 Soul2Soul Tour with spouse Religion Hill. “It was form of on function as a result of I did that, as a result of I discovered that the occasions I’ve spent working with Religion, particularly touring with Religion, that my data acquired form of exponentially higher, as a result of having to sing along with her each evening is sort of a NASCAR attempting to maintain up with an IndyCar,” he joked. “She’s actually, in my view, one of many biggest singers that is ever sang a music.”
After declaring that his spouse makes him a greater performer, McGraw defined that he needed to place collectively “a 30,000-foot view of life” made up of “intimate” vignettes. When the album’s title observe arrived, “it form of turned the tentpole,” he defined, including that a few of his personal defining moments had been when he met his spouse and when he turned a father for the primary time. “I believe for everybody, these issues occur if you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it and what you are right here for,” the 53-year-old mentioned. “The fathers on the market can recognize the primary time that you just maintain your little one is actually the second that you just understand that anything that you just do has meant nothing till this second.”