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 #3,311: ‘Tim McGraw’ – Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel

Closing out the week with the fifth Round Three matchup in Montauk Madness, we have the odd pairing of Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel.

Swift defeated a couple of celebrated veterans to get here, dropping David Byrne with 88% of the vote in Round One and Tom Petty with 72% in Round Two. Simon & Garfunkel defeated Rufus Wainwright with 80% in Round One and Prince with 64% in Round Two. That’s an impressive batch of artists left in the wake of these two contenders. Continue reading

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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