Tim McGraw is on a roll. The country icon just released a new lyric video for brand new single “How I’ll Always Be.”
The song follows the footsteps of “Humble And Kind,” his previous single that caught fire with audiences around the world. “How I’ll Always Be” has that classic McGraw feel. It moves along with a sure-handed confidence. Musically, the song possesses a lot of traits from last album’s hits like “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and “Shotgun Rider.”
A steady train beat and atmospheric steel guitar lays perfectly under McGraw’s classic “sing talk” style. The message of the song honors hard work and being true to yourself. Interestingly, there’s also a line that says, “I’m a little more ol’ Hank Williams than that trendy crap.”
It’s a line that resonates well with a lot of McGraw’s older fan base. Not to mention folks around Nashville. But it’s also worth nothing one of the writers on the song is Chris Janson, who wrote possibly McGraw’s biggest “trendy crap” song, “Truck Yeah.”
Since Damn Country Music carries a much more “classic McGraw” feel, releasing “How I’ll Always Be” as a single makes perfect sense.
McGraw’s sweet spot really lands in songs like this one. He can be conversational and laid-back in the verse, and then open up a bit more with the bigger chorus. Damn Country Music is chalk full of it, and fans and critics have rewarded him for it.
McGraw has a few select dates left on the calendar. Hopefully he’ll announce another big tour to showcase all of the album’s excellent tunes. Along with past hits, of course.