Tim McGraw took to Facebook Tuesday to premiere his new video for “Damn Country Music,” and set up his first-ever live Q&A to chat with fans while he was at it. “Damn Country Music” is the title track to McGraw’s 14th studio album, set for release November 6th.
Fielding questions on everything from his favorite cover song (Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”) to how his mom’s doing (she’s as energetic as ever, McGraw reports), the country superstar admitted the live-chat experience was a new one for him.
“God, you guys are fast!” he said from a Nashville studio. “My daughters are gonna kill me because they know I’m not very good at this kinda thing.”
Dressed casually in a button-down shirt and faded ball cap, McGraw noted that his favorite song on the new album is one called “Humble and Kind” and that he’s been working on a “really moving” new film called The Shack with Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. After revealing his favorite Netlflix show (“Bloodlines”), he also confirmed that the new album will feature two notable “star duets.”
“I think she’s a star always, and that’s my daughter Gracie,” McGraw said. “She’s singing on my new album, on the first song called ‘Here Tonight.’ Then there’s another song that Big & Rich are singing on called ‘California.'”
Following the chat, McGraw invited fans to stick around for the premiere of the video for “Damn Country Music,” a song that seems to speak to the singer’s early days as an aspiring artist. All about the allure and romance of chasing dreams, the slow-burning mid-tempo injects some reality into the mystique of becoming a star, revealing some of the struggle and uncertainty McGraw surely dealt with himself.
In the video, the story gets spelled out backstage at one of McGraw’s tour stops. The song’s lyrics are scrawled across a series of T-shirts worn by the country star, his crew and a few lucky fans, reminiscent of the lyric placards in Bob Dylan’s iconic “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video. (Fans can enter to win some of those T-shirts, which are now autographed, through McGraw’s website.)
The Grammy winner says his new album’s title track makes him take stock of his journey.
“When I recorded ‘Damn Country Music,’ it was one of those electric moments,” he recalls. “It speaks to a passion and being at a crossroads in your life when you make that decision to pursue it knowing you might pay a heavy price.”