"I always remember one thing you said to me. It was the night after we lost the Grammy for The Rising and I came into the dressing room and everybody was kind of down in the mouth," Springsteen told the Nashville superstar. "And you said, 'Hey, what's the matter man? You're Bruce Springsteen.'
"I always remember that, man," he added. "That took me up, it was kind of a great moment. And I've always remembered that when I think of you."
Both The Rising and the Chicks' Home took a backseat that night to the Grammy's 2003 Album of the Year, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me.
The famous friends also chatted about Springsteen's album from last year, Letter to You.
"More than wanting to be rich or famous, I wanted to be great," Springsteen said about his early career goals.. "That was the thing that motivated me was when people looked at me and my band, I wanted to say, 'Well, man, they were one of the great ones.' And that still motivates me like it did when I was 16 years old. And so was this record... I think it can stand up next to the best records that I've made. It was just the desire to do something that would wake my fans up, make them feel alive, help contextualize their lives at this point and in these very difficult times that we're going through. And that would just be great."
Those discussions plus talk of Springsteen's diet and memories of 50 years on the road with the E Street Band can be heard in the above video, which was premiered by People.
McGraw was way chattier than he was when he first met Springsteen at a New York City concert attended by the country singer and his wife, Faith Hill.
"We were just going to see the show," McGraw told Apple Music's Zane Lowe (as quoted by Everything Nash). "We go to the show, and they take us right into his dressing room, and he wasn't in there at the time. So we're just standing in his dressing room, and then he walks in, and I'm such a huge fan. So Faith and he were talking the entire time. When we left, we walked out of the room and Faith says, 'Do you realize that you didn't say one word the entire time we were in there?' Then I told her, 'I was scared to death, and I was scared to death I was going to call him the Boss while I was talking to him. I didn't want to embarrass myself.'"
McGraw and The Boss previously shared headlines when Springsteen was honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year. That night, McGraw and Hill performed a duet version of "Tougher Than the Rest."
The tribute concert's DVD also features country singers Natalie Maines, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown. Guests from outside of country music included such popular songwriters and performers as Elton John, John Legend and Neil Young.