What's Playing in Tim McGraw's Ear?
Fast-Forward: To record his latest album, Southern Voice (Curb), McGraw and his band of 13 years, the Dancehall Doctors, camped in a studio outside Nashville. "It was like a bunkhouse," he says. "That's how I work best—just head into the studio and pull the shades."
Play It Again: At home with the king of Nashville, it's a queens' castle. "My girls listen to their mother's songs more than mine," he admits, "and they have no problem telling you when something sucks." Their dad took a few moments to tell O about music that rules.
Coldplay, Viva la Vida (Capitol): "They're really inspiring, both for their universal sound—their music seems important—and the theater of their live shows: They can play a stadium and yet be understated. We've seen them three times; everyone in my family is a Coldplay fan."
Download now: "Lost!"
The Fray, The Fray (Epic): "Like everybody, I love 'You Found Me'—you get caught up in the emotions of the song, and the melody is so strong that you find yourself singing along with it instantly."
Download now: "You Found Me"
Holly Williams, Here with Me (Mercury): "She has the ability to make you believe what she says, to make you feel vulnerable. She's intense and moody; she puts you in a time and place where you never would have imagined yourself—and then you're there."
Download now: "Alone"
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