McGraw’s Band Finds New Keys

Members of Tim McGraw’s band, the Dancehall Doctors, are traveling in style after the singer presented them with an array of motorcycles and classic cars this week. McGraw promised the musicians the bonus if their new album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors sold more than 500,000 copies during its first week of release. First-week sales totaled 602,000 and the album has now sold more than 1 million copies. It was the first time McGraw’s band had recorded an album with him. Presenting the vehicles during a party at a Nashville restaurant, McGraw said, “I enjoy listening to this record over and over again because I am listening to my very best friends.” McGraw presented Harley Davidson motorcycles to lead guitarist Darran Smith (the band leader who co-produced the album), fiddler Dean Brown and drummer Billy Mason. Steel guitarist Denny Hemingson received a 1968 Impala SS, keyboardist Jeff McMahon was presented a 1969 Corvette and multi-instrumentalist Bob Minner was handed the keys to a 1964 Chevelle El Camino. Percussionist David Dunkley received a 1968 Ford Galaxy convertible and bassist John Marcus got a 1981 Corvette. 12/20/02