Song of the Day #4,069: ‘Real Good Man’ – Tim McGraw

This is my sixth track from Tim McGraw’s 2002 album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. Three of them appeared on Random Weekends while the rest were planned.

This very solid album is my favorite record by a male country music artist who isn’t Brad Paisley or Jason Isbell. I think that’s enough qualifiers, though I might be forgetting somebody.

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Song of the Day #2,119: ‘Home’ – Tim McGraw

dancehall_doctors‘Home’ is a track from Tim McGraw’s great album, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. Just about every song on this album is a winner.

The beginning of this song has always struck me as very similar to the opening notes of Elvis Costello’s ‘You Bowed Down.’ You can compare for yourself here.

I doubt the composers of this song copied Costello, and the notes aren’t exact anyway, but it has always distracted me.

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Song of the Day #1,491: ‘Sleep Tonight’ – Tim McGraw

I suppose it’s fitting that my first Random Weekend selection after a week dedicated to my favorite country artist would be from the only true country album I owned before becoming a fan.

Tim McGraw’s And the Dancehall Doctors is a great country record for people who don’t like country music. It has a nice pop sheen, impressive instrumentation, solid songcraft, even a cover of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer.’

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Song of the Day #1,337: ‘She’s My Kind of Rain’ – Tim McGraw

I think the tiny people who live inside my iTunes library and pick the random songs must be country music fans. Today’s track means almost a third of my Random Weekend selections have been by country artists even though country makes up maybe five or ten percent of my collection.

I have almost as many Bob Dylan songs as I have country songs (and a few that are both) and yet Dylan has yet to make an appearance here. Ah, the whims of chance.

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