OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Trying to Keep Up With Gwyneth Paltrow

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You’d think it would be the other way around, right? That Gwyneth Paltrow would be nervous about keeping up with a seasoned country music veteran like Tim McGraw. But that’s not what he said. In a recent radio interview, McGraw said the song “Me and Tennessee” is such an emotional song that he had a hard time performing it as a duet. “It’s such a moving song,” he said. “And, of course, after hearing Gwyneth sing, I knew how well she would handle it. And my only problem then was trying to keep up with her and trying to sing good enough to match her.” The song can be heard on country radio and on the soundtrack from Country Strong, the film McGraw and Paltrow star in. And if you want to hear how Paltrow does on the Dixie Chicks and/or Fleetwood Mac hit “Landslide,” watch this Glee clip on , and you’ll see what McGraw means about how well she can sing.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.