OFFSTAGE: Tracy Lawrence Recalls Good Ol’ Days With Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney

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There’s nothing like a trip down memory lane, especially when you’re taking it with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. So this quote from Tracy Lawrence in a Billboard interview has me thinking back to their good ol’ days. When the three of them were just starting out in Nashville 20 years ago, they were all in the same Music Row boat. “The three of us were friends all the way back in the early 1990s,” Lawrence said. “When I got to Nashville, Tim was already here. He had a record deal already. The first time I took a bus trip was with McGraw. It was before I even had my record deal, the spring before I cut ‘Sticks and Stones.’ I remember we played Shreveport at a club I used to frequent before I moved to Nashville. All three of us ran together a lot and chased the skirts and all that. We had a good time back then.” I’m not sure what he means by “and all that,” but I’m sure the three burgeoning stars had plenty of fun. Fast forward to 2007 when Lawrence came across “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” the perfect song to sum up their friendship. According to Lawrence, the lyrics “seemed to scream our life experience and what we had been through.” There was a business controversy surrounding the version of the song that featured guest vocals from Chesney and McGraw, but regardless, it was named musical event of the year at the 2007 CMA Awards.

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