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(AUDIO) Tim McGraw Bringing Star-Packed Special To CBS

May 12, 2013

ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night will air next Sunday night on CBS, featuring a ton of music and entertainment to celebrate the summer. Artists scheduled to appear during the two-hour special include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, John Fogerty and Nelly. The special was filmed in Las Vegas back in April and Tim says there is so much great music to look forward to. “Florida Georgia Line and Nelly (singing ‘Cruise’) was really cool. That’s one of my favorite things on the radio right now… My wife’s performance sort of blew me away. It kinda caught me off guard when she went out there because she sorta upped the game. I had to go out behind her and she did pretty awesome, so her performance was great.” Some of the highlights for Tim included several of the non-country artists. “Singing with Ne-Yo was something that was really cool,” says Tim, “because when you sing with him, instantly I became a better singer the minute I started singing with him. He’s just that good.” Watching John Fogerty sing and play guitar was another highlight for Tim. “I don’t want to say his age, but he’s, I guess he’s mid-60s or something like that, and he flat sang his ass off,” says Tim.

“He just blew us all (away) – we were looking at each other like ‘What are we even doing in this business?’ when we saw him start singing and playing ‘cause he’s just truly one of the masters at it.” Some people might have been surprised to hear rapper Pitbull was going to be a part of the special but Tim explains, “I met him at the Grammys for the first time. He came up and introduced himself to me and we started talking and when we walked away, I told Faith that’s just a real guy there; real genuine guy.” So Tim says, “When we started putting this special together, it came around to talking about Pitbull being a part of it. Of course I remembered meeting him and I wanted him to be a part of the special. I just really like him. I like the vibe that he brings to the room. He just brings so much energy and so much respect to everybody. And I think that just shows when he hits the stage. And man, he can flat get it, I’ll tell you that.”

ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night will air next Sunday night, May 19th, at 9/8pm ET.


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Tim McGraw – CBS special highlights :36

“Florida Georgia Line and Nelly was really cool. That’s one of my favorite things on the radio right now. Gosh, all of them. My wife’s performance sort of blew me away. It kinda caught me off guard when she went out there because she sorta upped the game. I had to go out behind her and she did pretty awesome, so her performance was great. Singing with Ne-Yo was something that was really cool for me because he instantly—he’s like playing tennis with somebody --or any sort of sport – you always play better if you’re against a better opponent or somebody that’s really good and makes your game better. He’s that kind of singer. When you sing with him, instantly I became a better singer the minute I started singing with him. He’s just that good. He’s so good he spreads it around everybody.”



Tim McGraw – special opening :36

“When we did rehearsal for that--we all grew up listening to Fogerty and CCR and all that stuff and big fans of all that, and knew how great he was. But when we were in the room with him, and he started singing and he started playing—I don’t want to say his age, but he’s..I guess he’s mid-60s or something like that, and he flat sang his ass off. He just blew us all – we were looking at each other like “What are we even doing in this business?” when we saw him start singing and playing ‘cause he’s just truly one of the masters at it. And when him and Keith started going off on the guitar, we could have sat there and watched that all night. I could have seen an hour of that stuff; just sat back and watched.”



Tim McGraw – special Pitbull :40

“He brought so much energy to the stage. There was a lot of great artists on the stage; country, pop, R&B, all kinds of stuff, but I won’t – he’s a really cool guy. I met him at the Grammys for the first time. He came up and introduced himself to me and we started talking and when we walked away, I told Faith that’s just a real guy there; real genuine guy. And when we started putting this special together, it came around to talking about Pitbull being a part of it. Of course I remembered meeting him and I wanted him to be a part of the special. I just really like him. I like the vibe that he brings to the room. He just brings so much energy and so much respect to everybody. And I think that just shows when he hits the stage. And man, he can flat get it, I’ll tell you that.”

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