Tim McGrawThe decades-long career is filled with tons of hit songs, and the country giant recently chose to take a stroll down memory lane. McGraw watched some of his old music videos and shared his reaction on Tuesday, January 22.
McGraw started with “Down On The Farm”, which was released in 1994 on his second studio album, Not a moment too soon. “I look like a teenager!” McGraw exclaimed at the start of the video. He explained that he filmed this one “after I had success and everything kind of exploded”, and chose Po’ Boy Don’s Corner in Louisiana as the music video set. McGraw credited the owner as an “instrumental” part of his success, noting that Don sent him money to record a demo session, which ended up landing him a recording contract. “That was awesome,” McGraw said as the clip continued. He admitted: “I can’t understand how young I looked. Kinda glad my voice changed a bit.
Next came “She’s My Kind of Rain”, the 2002 hit from the seventh studio album, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. “It’s me trying to be QG“, McGraw said with a laugh. “Countryside QG, I imagine. I try to be cool…I felt like I was cool for a little while. Now, thinking about it, maybe I wasn’t so cool.
The last video McGraw reflected on was “Humble and Kind,” one of his favorite songs he’s ever recorded. It was released on his 14th studio album, Fucking country musicin 2015. McGraw shared how the song – and the video – resonated with him:
“We knew this song was special, and it was one of my favorite songs I’ve ever recorded. I knew when we made the video, we had to find a way to make it really special. And then I see this trailer for this special which Oprah Winfrey was doing about the world and people and different cultures, and I’m like, “that’s what this song means to me,” that’s the unity that the world has and how people from all different cultures and from all walks of life can come together and celebrate humanity. I thought, ‘boy, this is how I want this video to look.’ So, Tyler Perry, who is a good friend of mine – he was one of the sweetest, kindest human beings I have ever met in my life – I called him and said, “I’m going to t ‘send a song’. Oprah released this stuff and I’d like to use pictures if possible. So, I sent him the song, and he called me back and he was crying on the phone about how wonderful the song was, and he said, ‘I just sent it to Oprah. Hope you don’t mind. And she said, ‘You can have any footage you want,’ and I think it’s just one of the most beautiful videos we’ve ever shot.”
McGraw spoke in more detail about “Humble and Kind,” opening up about what it’s like to see it resonate with audiences. He also said it was the last song he recorded on the album because “I didn’t want to ruin everything”. Songwriter Lori McKenna wrote it as a love letter to his children, McGraw said, and “it was such a beautiful song”.
The country hitmaker has tons of other music videos, and he encouraged fans to leave suggestions in others’ comments for McGraw to watch: “It wasn’t as painful as I thought, so I might try to new.” See his reactions here: