Sundown Heaven Town

Sundown Heaven Town

by Tim McGrawTim McGraw


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There's no question Tim McGraw seized upon the opportunity to indulge his every whim when he finally extricated himself from Curb and signed with Big Machine in 2013, the year where Two Lanes of Freedom revived his career. His renaissance continues with 2014's Sundown Heaven Town, his second album for Big Machine and a record that often plays like a direct sequel to its predecessor in that it's designed to show off everything McGraw and his longtime collaborator/producer Byron Gallimore can do. Being that this follows a record where the big hit was a ballad -- the haunting "Highway Don't Care," a duet with Taylor Swift -- it's not entirely a surprise that Sundown Heaven Town is distinguished by its smooth touch but within that gloss. Sure, McGraw never goes for a brawny rocker -- when Kid Rock stops by for a duet on the deluxe, it's for an easy-rolling, sunny ballad called "Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs" -- and the quickest pace is reserved for glistening midtempo pop like "City Lights," but this record never seems to drag, not even in its longer 18-track incarnation, because McGraw and Gallimore are masters at pacing, something that is evident on individual songs as it is on the album as a whole. McGraw knows when to shift away from the spacious arena-country of "Shotgun Rider" to the light electronic accents of "Dust," then to glide into the modernized southern soul of "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" or when to get delicate, as he does on the sentimental (but not sappy) "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." This versatility isn't showy, which is a large part of McGraw's charm: he has an easy touch that not only warms the sheen of his gloss, it hides the meticulousness of his craft. He's wound up making records that are the new millennial equivalent of classic soft rock, records informed by the trends of the day but which place emphasis on melody and craft, which is why they resonate: they come on smooth and easy but have the foundation to last.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2014
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930013401
catalogNumber: 0200
Rank: 3771


  1. Overrated
  2. City Lights
  3. Shotgun Rider
  4. Dust
  5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools
  6. Words Are Medicine
  7. Sick Of Me
  8. Meanwhile Back At Mama's
  9. Keep On Truckin'
  10. Last Turn Home
  11. Portland, Maine
  12. Lookin' For That Girl
  13. Still On The Line (No Ghost Ending)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim McGraw   Primary Artist,Vocals
Faith Hill   Vocals
John Acosta   Cello
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Paul Bushnell   Bass
David Campbell   Conductor
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Byron Gallimore   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Josefina Vergara   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Dave Stone   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
David Levita   Electric Guitar
Dave Walther   Viola
Shalini Vijayan   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Luke Maurer   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Catherine Dunn   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim McGraw   Composer,Producer
Paul Bushnell   Whistle
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Barry Dean   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Nick Egan   Art Direction
Shannon Forrest   Loop Programming
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
James Slater   Composer
Zac Maloy   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Mark Irwin   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer,Loop Programming
Shane McAnally   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Jaren Johnston   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Maren Morris   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Donovan Woods   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Steve McMorran   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Dave Hodges   Composer
Abe Stoklasa   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
Stephen Allbritten   Engineer
Chris Tompkins   Composer
Ryan Hurd   Composer
Eric Arjes   Composer

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