No offense to singers who cross over from one genre to another, but I really like how single-minded Tim McGraw is.
In a recent radio interview, McGraw pretty much admitted what he is now is what he always will be — country.
Sure, there was that 2004 collaboration with Nelly on “Over and Over,” but that was kind of a one-and-done thing. It’s not like McGraw rushed to release a rap album of his own. And if he had? Can we just not go there?
In a lot of ways, I feel like McGraw is just as country now as he was when his first single “What Room Was the Holiday In” was released in 1991. It failed to chart, but that doesn’t make it a bad song. Seriously. Go listen to it.
“I’ve recorded a lot of just really good solid country songs throughout my career, but I’ve recorded some progressive stuff, as well, and I like doing all of it,” McGraw said. “And I like a lot of music that other people are doing. But I think, for me, what’s always been good for me and my career is when I open my mouth. And when I sing, I’m a country singer.”
He is a man who knows who he is, and he’s cool with it.
“There’s really no way around it,” he said. “Whether it’s progressive or whether it’s country, I know when I sing it, it’s still gonna be me,” he added. “And I’m still gonna be a country singer at the end of the day.”