Live Like You Were Dying

Live Like You Were Dying

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by Tim McGraw

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Jolted by tragedy, Tim McGraw looks inward on his ninth album and comes out stronger than ever. The journey opens with a snippet of Delta blues made to sounds like it's playing on a scratchy 78, only to give way to a pounding, twangy slice of country rock, "How Bad Do You Want It," which posits the secret of success as "eating, sleeping, dreaming with that one thing…  See more details below


Jolted by tragedy, Tim McGraw looks inward on his ninth album and comes out stronger than ever. The journey opens with a snippet of Delta blues made to sounds like it's playing on a scratchy 78, only to give way to a pounding, twangy slice of country rock, "How Bad Do You Want It," which posits the secret of success as "eating, sleeping, dreaming with that one thing on your mind." The Grammy-winning singer backs up his unabashed advocacy of traditional values, old friends, and family with a fusion of '70s southern rock and '80s new traditionalism, which form the bedrock for these songs. An earnest country shuffle, "My Old Friend" states his enduring affection for a trusted confidant physically absent but ever present in spirit and in memory. The title track is a touching pop-influenced power ballad with a soaring string arrangement and meaty guitar sorties driving a poignant reminiscence of a father's final days, obviously inspired by the death of Tim's own father, the celebrated relief pitcher Tug McGraw. Dad's passing has spurred his son to greater reflection on the big issues in life, such as those described in the heavily orchestrated ballad "Drugs or Jesus," which proffers the difference between a wasted and a useful life as boiling down to one or the other of the title's choices. Fans of a certain age will relate to the bouncy dance-hall ditty "Back When" and its new traditionalist features, such as pedal steel and snarling guitars, and its nostalgia for "the old and outdated way of life" when "a hoe was a hoe...a screw was a screw," and such. Powerful and passionate, Live Like You Were Dying sounds like real good advice from an inside source.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There's good reason for Tim McGraw's endurance at the top of contemporary country: he's a restless visionary who's worked hard to improve as an interpretive singer. In 2002, McGraw bucked the trend and convinced his label, and producers Byron Gallimore and Darran Smith, to let him use his road band in the studio. The rough and tumble intimacy of the set put it over the top and appealed to music fans outside his circle. On Live Like You Were Dying, McGraw ups the ante. Using the same production team and his Dancehall Doctors, McGraw cut a whopping 16 tracks and helped in the mixing of the record, as well as co-producing. The song selection runs the gamut. There's the blues-rock energy of the opener, "How Bad Do You Want It," where he evokes the ghost of the Mississippi Delta as well as the hard country-rock sounds of Marshall Tucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Then there's the shimmering Americana of "My Old Friend" that would not be out of place performed by Pierce Pettis, and the fantastic "Old Town New," by renegade songwriters Bruce Robison and Darrell Scott. The monster single from this record, "Live Like You Were Dying," by Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols, is the very best kind of modern country song; the emotion in McGraw's delivery is honest, not saccharine. In anyone else's voice, a song like "Drugs or Jesus" would be just plain bad. The tune itself is solid and beautifully constructed, a perfect marriage of melody, hook, and direct, simple lyrics. But the temptation to overperform such a song is irresistible to most of the hit factory's mainstays. Not for McGraw though: his understatement underscores the lyric's seriousness. The tenderness in Rodney Crowell and James T. Slater's "Open Season on My Heart" is vulnerable in all the right ways. The moody poignancy of "Walk Like a Man," is a fine and haunting centerpiece for this fine album. "Kill Myself" has to be experienced -- it's a miracle and a testament to McGraw's clout that this tune made it on to the record. "We Carry On" is a soulful anthem, gritty, true, and beautiful. It's a fitting close to McGraw's finest moment yet. The young hell-raiser has grown to be one of modern country's most compelling and multidimensional artists.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Curb Records


  1. How Bad Do You Want It
  2. My Old Friend
  3. Can't Tell Me Nothin'
  4. Old Town New
  5. Live Like You Were Dying
  6. Drugs or Jesus
  7. Back When
  8. Something's Broken
  9. Open Season On My Heart
  10. Everybody Hates Me
  11. Walk Like A Man
  12. Blank Sheet Of Paper
  13. Just Be Your Tar
  14. Do You Want Fries With That
  15. Kill Myself
  16. We Carry On

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim McGraw   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Background Vocals
Kim Carnes   Background Vocals
Faith Hill   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Dean Brown   Fiddle,Mandolin
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Evan Wilson   Viola
Susan Chatman   Violin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Billy Mason   Drums
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Denny Hemingson   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Mellobar Slide
Steve McEwan   Background Vocals
Sara Parkins   Violin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Dave Dunkley   Percussion
Brett Warren   Background Vocals
Bob Becker   Viola
John Marcus   Bass
Charles Bisharette   Violin
Darran Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Minner   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Darren Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Mario de León   Violin
Jeff McMahon   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
David Dunkley   Percussion

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Jeff Stevens   Composer
Tim McGraw   Producer
Steve Bogard   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Rick Giles   Composer
Julian King   Engineer
Stan Lynch   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Greg Lawrence   Engineer
Brett James   Composer
Bobby Terry   Composer
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo
Tommy Douglas   Composer
Jim Collins   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Bill Luther   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Steve McEwan   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Digital Editing
Glenn Sweitzer   Artwork
Brad Warren   Composer
Kerry Kurt Phillips   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Jason Gantt   Digital Editing
Darran Smith   Producer
Troy Verges   Composer
David Beyant   Engineer
Kevin Horne   Composer
James T. Slater   Composer
Ed Hill   Composer
Tony Mullins   Composer
George Washington   Author
Hank Williams   Mastering
David Bryant   Engineer

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got my cd in the mail on Monday (through pre-sale) and I have listened to it every day since. Absolutely love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Live like you were dying is a GREAT song!! Seeing him perform it at he CMA was amazing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album isn't quite as party-heavy and filled with sure-fire concert anthems like his previous albums (no "BBQ Stain" or "Cowboy in Me" here), but it's clear the best album and best music Tim McGraw's put together. I'm not exactly a huge fan, but that's saying a lot. Like Thom said, he's compiled a group of songs that are well written - and in some cases, better performed - and are of pretty ambitious material. It's almost all introspective and reflective, and the emotion in his voice has never been bolder. And most any trace of "pop" is gone from McGraw's music. The mid-90's country he made great is back, mixed with even better southern rock and blues than he's used before. And perhaps the best part is his band, which - as good as they are - does not overperform or attempt to play every performer on every song. They're understated performance allows McGraw to sound brilliant and bring out the best of the songs. If you're looking for a party album, buy an older Tim McGraw CD. But if you're looking for a truly great contemporary country album, this is the year's best to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Tim's BEST cd yet. Very soothing and true to the songs. It's a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest song I have ever heard. I have never been inspired by a song as I have this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought this CD yesterday and still can't stop listening to it. It's another geat one!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent songs, very nice for us baby boomers to enjoy and relate to. Loved every song more than the next. Was definitely well woth the wait!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Tim and the Dance Hall Doctors have out done themselves with their new album "Live Like You Were Dying"! Every song is quality, filled with strong messages, emotional tugs of the heart, or just plain fun. Tim's vocals are the best he has ever been, putting range and emotion into every note. The man just keeps getting better and better, and always keeps coming up with new and interesting music and deliveries. He proves over and over again why he is one of Country's top male stars, and why he is one of Music's top Superstars. A must buy for all music fans, there is something on this album for all Tim's fans to enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim and the DHD just keep getting better with every CD they produce!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this is Tim's best album to date. Some serious songs, some lighthearted songs, it's a well rounded cd. Tim's voice just keeps getting stronger and better. The Dancehall Doctors sound amazing. I love hearing the band back up Tim. It's definitely a must have cd, I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LOVE this album! I think this is his best album yet. His voice sounds soooo honest on it. I LOVE Kill Myself, and no, it's not about him actually killing himself. I think his voice is the best on that one!! I also love Just To Be Your Tear, Walk Like A Man and of course How Bad Do Ya Want It (rockin' song!). Those are just my favorites, but I love them all. I'm sure there will be more #1s to come. Yes, there are a couple of funny songs, but I think that's great to lighten the album because there are a lot of heavy songs. I've had it since midnight on the day it was released and it hasn't left my CD player yet!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the title song "Live Like You Were Dying", however this is almost the answer to the joke everyone makes about country music, lost my dog, lost my wife, lost my house. I love Tim McGraw and have every one of his CD's but if you think this is his best you can't have the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually-(Deb an Avid Fan of Tim's) I have heard ALL of Tim McGraws's CDs and I think "Live Like You Were Dying" is Tim's best to date. His vocals are stronger than ever, and the emotion in those vocals are so amazing. Each song has a strong message from bonded friendships, to broken relationships, to making changes in one's life to be a better person, to just plain fun. Again Tim proves that he can take any song and make it a hit. Tim just keeps growing and changing as an artisit and keeps giving his fans something different, fresh, and top notch with every new release. Tim fans keep coming back for more to see what he has up his sleeve and he never disappoints. "Live Like You Were Dying" is a must needed CD to add to any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i herd cuts from this cd off highway 16 witch is a country station on xm radio. they played every single cut from the album and wow its awesome/ tim mcgraw puts a lot of hard work and tallent into this album/ and has the same touch on all his cds/ mcgraw rules
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim McGraw is my favorite singer. I know all his songs. he is a great singer. I have enjoyed all of his music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cd for crishmas and i love this cd and what a grate tribute to his father for the song live like you wherer dying i think that we should do what ever that we dream of because life is short and we may not beabel to do it again.a must have for any tim mcgraw fan.joanna
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Tim McGraw's songs, I really like the song drugs or Jesus. This is probably his best yet. the person that gave it two stars should Never listen to tim ever again. Thats what I have to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first ever Country CD. I was attracted to this CD by its title track. I've heard it several times on the radio and had to know who sang it and when I found out, I went after the whole CD. Tim did a really great job making this CD. Most times a CD has one or two songs that are good as well as the title track. But this is the opposite and it seems that there are only one or two songs that aren't great. He has real talent. I think I'm hooked on Country now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im only 11 and i listen to tis cd every time i go to bed. its awesome
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