A slow starter career-wise, Tim McGraw, son of baseball legend Tug McGraw, eventually became one of the biggest country stars of the new millennium. After several failed singles, his politically-incorrect novelty number, "Indian Outlaw," became his breakthrough hit. McGraw's highly emotional delivery, coupled with his high-energy stage show and his knack for selecting excellent material, shot him to the top of the country and the pop albums charts by the late '90s. After McGraw married fellow star Faith Hill, the two became an unstoppable force, scoring hit duets and armfuls of awards, and mounting a top-grossing joint tour.
McGraw is an artist that can spin a tale with only his soulful voice against a canvas of music. He starts his fourth record by painting a vivid picture of a simple, loving country life with "Where the Green Grass Grows," which gives the listener the same desire to live in that perfect place where less is so much more. The impassioned duet "It''s Your Love" with wife Faith Hill will be one of country music''s most requested love songs. Even in this day of the rehashed country sound, McGraw''s haunting vocals boost the music: He has the ability to bring a tear to the eye and then sweep in with lighthearted rockers such as "Hard on The Ticker. --Paula Ghergia
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