Tim McGraw and Faith Hill had an even bigger agenda in mind when they performed a special one-night-only show at the Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, October 4th. Just a couple days shy of their 20th wedding anniversary, Tim and Faith took the occasion to announce what had been widely speculated during the week: a national tour.
Following their performance of their Number One duet smash “It’s Your Love,” the couple shared the news about the tour – dubbed Soul2Soul the World Tour 2017 – to the sold-out crowd. “In 2017, we’re going back on the road,” Tim loudly declared to waves of cheers. “We’re going north and south, all around the globe,” Faith added.
McGraw cracked that while they were on the Ryman stage, “We might as well play a few songs for you.” Hill took center stage first with “This Kiss” and her 2005 Number One, “Mississippi Girl.” Adroitly changing pace, she brought in the funk with a testifying rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business),” showing a true knack for delivering blue-eyed soul.
McGraw went solo for “Something Like That” and “Shotgun Rider” and moved the audience with his performance of recent single “Humble and Kind.” His red-hot moment came with “Real Good Man,” an anthem that coaxed screams out of numerous female audience members.
But as much as folks love McGraw and Hill as solo stars, they absolutely adore them together. Their chemistry was evident on “Like We Never Loved at All” and the stage practically caught fire as they performed a passionate rendition of “We’ve Got Tonight,” with the pair intimately gazing at one another like newlyweds. Couples in the audience nudged closer to one another, some kissing, and it’s likely that children were conceived later on. For McGraw and Hill’s encore, “I Need You,” the couple sat knee-to-knee, sharing a kiss afterward.
The show, cutely billed as Sam and Audrey (McGraw and Hill’s real first names), was just a taste of what to expect on the 2017 tour. Tickets for the trek, which launches April 7th in New Orleans, go on sale to the public October 14th.