Damn Country Music

Damn Country Music

by Tim McGrawTim McGraw


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There's an edge, a defiance to the title of Damn Country Music that may not surface in the music, yet it still taps into the essence of Tim McGraw's appeal: he doesn't bother with crossover, he stays true to country and doesn't care who knows it. Thing is, McGraw's definition of country music is quite flexible, something Damn Country Music makes plain. Other singers who pledge allegiance to country music are often rooted in some kind of hardcore twang -- a bit of old Texas honky tonk or perhaps Southern-fried country-rock -- but at his core, McGraw is a soft touch, easily adapting to the shifts in time without ever seeming like he's following fashion. So it is with Damn Country Music, where he spends as much time singing over gently rolling electronic loops as he does over cavernous echoing guitars suggesting so much as prime U2. Such flexibility also encompasses plenty of chipper midtempo anthems and soft-focused ballads, songs connected by their quietly insistent melodies and McGraw's equally easy touch; he never pushes too hard, a skill that's especially needed when he's piling up the platitudes on "Humble and Kind," but is always welcome no matter the tune. What's remarkable about this exceedingly laid-back album is that while it clearly exists within the confines of mature, modern country-pop, never pandering to either the bro upstarts or a crossover audience, it still feels country, because it feels true to McGraw's roots. Even during his '90s heyday, he looked over his shoulder while living in the present, happily threading in trends while seeming impervious to them. This skill is difficult to acquire but Damn Country Music, like so many other Tim McGraw albums, makes it seem as simple as breathing

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930019755
catalogNumber: 0300
Rank: 8920

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim McGraw   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Rusty Anderson   Acoustic Guitar
David Angell   Violin
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Paul Bushnell   Bass
David Davidson   Violin
David Dorn   Keyboards
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Byron Gallimore   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
David Levita   Electric Guitar
Sara Sant'Ambrogio   Cello
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Tim McGraw   Producer
Brett Beavers   Composer
Nick Egan   Art Direction
Shannon Forrest   Programming
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   Arranger
Brett James   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
L. David Lewis   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
John Rich   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Jeremy Stover   Composer
Chris Janson   Composer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Kelly Clague   Creative Design
Josh Osborne   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Jamie Paulin   Composer
Vicky McGhee   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
Stephen Allbritten   Engineer
John Osborne   Composer
T.J. Osborne   Composer
Adam Chagnon   Engineer

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