OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw’s Video Shoot Reveals His Love of ’80s Country

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When a Tim McGraw video shoot starts with him asking, “What else can we do by Keith Whitley?” you know it’s going to be a good shoot. I mean, his two-hour live stream of the making of his “One of Those Nights” video wasn’t without technical difficulties. But once it was done and McGraw had answered some fan questions, you could revel in the way he spent his downtime: warming up his voice as he was walking around the set. He did songs like John Schneider‘s “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)” and “If It Was Anyone but You,” then he did a nice chunk of Dan Seals‘ “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)” and followed it with Randy Travis‘ “1982″ and “On the Other Hand.” Then McGraw asked longtime bandmate Bob Minner for a G chord and started in on his Keith Whitley medley, with 1985′s “That Stuff” (complete with hand claps), 1986′s “Ten Feet Away” and 1987′s “I’m No Stranger to the Rain.” (But then somewhere in the process of making a video for a new song, he let a little bit of another one of his tunes shine. Not sure of the title, but it’s about a man who used to be Mr. Life of the Party and is now prisoner No. 37405.)

In answering fan questions between takes, McGraw said “Where the Green Grass Grows” is his favorite song to perform, “It’s Your Love” is the favorite video he’s made, that he will be doing a solo tour to promote his new album and that his daughters are listening to Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Muse and Adele these days.

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