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Tim McGraw Brings ‘Damn Country’ to the Big City: Our Best Photos

See exclusive photos of the country superstar’s New York album release party, sponsored by Pandora

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See photos from Tim McGraw's 'Damn Country Music' release party in New York.

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"Got a little redneck in your blood?" Tim McGraw sang at the start of a fan-fueled event in New York City last week to celebrate his new album, Damn Country Music, presented by Pandora streaming service. 

The Edison Ballroom was a surprisingly intimate location for a live performance by an artist of McGraw's status, but the zealous audience members — some of whom were staying in the hotel and wore their bathrobes to the show — didn’t seem to mind. Some of them had been waiting all day to fight their way to the front of the stage, eagerly awaiting McGraw's classics as well as songs from the new record. Here are the best photos, captured by Rolling Stone Country, from Wednesday’s album release party.

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Personal Touch

McGraw shook hands and signed autographs with diehard fans in the front row. "At 4:20 this morning I was down here under the umbrella waiting in front of the Edison," claimed one woman during a pre-show fan interview.

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Dress Blues

Flashing his winning smile and half-buttoned shirt, McGraw worked the crowd like an experienced performer, holding up the mic at just the right time to let fans — like this Marine — sing along and never missing a beat. 

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Hitting the Stage

Show opener "Truck Yeah" was a touchdown, leaving the New York audience hungry for more of McGraw's hillbilly pride.

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Raise Your Fist and Cell

Wednesday's live performance was less about celebrating the release of McGraw's 14th studio album and more about the fans, providing ample opportunities for selfies and camera phone video.

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The Rush of the Stage

 
"I used to be addicted to the road, but I don't know if I am now," said McGraw in an interview with Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. "What's addicting is stepping out on that stage and getting that instant gratification from the fans and playing music for them. You're sort of going into a contract together: They want to leave everything behind, and you want to leave everything behind. You want to step out in this moment where you all get lost in the music together. That's what's addictive."

 

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Hot “Damn”

"This speaks to anyone who's passionate about anything," explained McGraw before launching into the title track from Damn Country Music.

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Shotgun Riders

Even on a tiny stage, McGraw's eight-man band brought out the big guns with six guitar pedal boards — enough to take shotgun riders in the crowd from cruise to full throttle.

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Far and Away

With his band the Dancehall Doctors backing him up, McGraw hardly had to showboat to give a lively rendition of "Where the Green Grass Grows."

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