Makin’ the Record: “Southern Voice”

admin | February 13, 2010 in Music,Running | Comments (12)

Once upon a time, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors made a record.  The people in the town couldn’t wait to hear it.  Tim was very proud of both the record…and his band…with whom he made this record.

“I’m ready for everyone to hear [the songs],” said McGraw.  “I think it’s the best work that we’ve done.  Great collection of songs, the tones, the whole sorta tapestry of the album is something you can really wrap your arms around.”

Unfortunately, the record got lost in the woods and didn’t come out for a long, long, time.  When it did finally make its way out of the darkness, it was a lot like listening to the record for the first time…even for the boys that made it.

Music is funny.  So much time can pass, and one song can still put you right back in a particular place, heart and soul, like nothing else can.  Sights, smells, sounds, and feelings can all rush back with just a few notes of a particular tune.  And it doesn’t have to be one of those “break your heart” songs, either; if “My Baloney Has a First Name” was something you laughed about with someone you love, then even that silly little hot-dog ditty can carry your heart back to the tenderness of that time.

Hmmm…(“It’s O-S-C-A-R”…)

I can remember exactly what was happening in my life when we made this record together.  The good and the bad.  The things I was excited about, and the things that pained my soul.  What was on my heart, in my mind…and even in my legs.

Yeah.  As it happens…the first day of our “Southern Voice” recording sessions was the first day after the ING New York City Marathon 2007. My third marathon; my first in New York City.  If you’re a runner, you’ve been there.  Hobbling, stiff, constantly trying to stretch back out and get things moving again after yesterday’s pounding.  I was sitting still at the piano day and night for those first few days, constantly shifting my weight to find a comfortable position, forgetting that, for a while, there just won’t be one.

Whew.  That was tough…but totally worth it.

These songs carry me back to all those things.  And now, after our musical marathon, the new “Southern Voice” record has found the finish line.  The songs are out, and it’s time to carry them out to the folks.

So we are hittin’ the road – probably comin’ nearby.  I’ll have my runnin’ shoes in my bag and I’ll be logging miles all over the country.  I’m still forming a real running plan, but I think Coach Kevin already has something in mind for me.  ‘Til then…

I’m just planning to run.


Click here to visit the Official Tim McGraw Store and purchase a copy of the album “Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors.

12 Responses to “Makin’ the Record: “Southern Voice””

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  1. Comment by Christine — February 14, 2010 at 12:38 am  

    Glad to know that the “Southern Voice” record is finally “out of the woods” and ready to begin its musical journey with the folks who have been waiting for its arrival.

    Music is special because it touches your heart, mind and soul. I already have found the first cut from the record, “Still,” to have a special place in my heart. For this I am grateful and hope others will find solace from this record, too.

  2. Comment by KevinFebruary 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm  

    Glad the rest of us finally get to hear “Southern Voice.” I love it! You and the boys sounded great at the Daytona 500 this morning! I predict another slew of #1 hits off this record… and a big PR for you at NYC in November. YGB.

  3. Comment by Lori — February 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm  

    I had the pleasure of seeing the new Tour open this past weekend! The show is absolutely amazing! I have seen them all since Spontaneous Combustion and this is by far the best. It’s a cross between the One Band Show and the Outloud tour. I was a little disappointed that they only do 2 songs from the new album, but an amazing set list just the same! Go see it…you won’t regret it!

  4. Comment by Stacy — February 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm  

    McMahon, you are so right. A song can take you back to a place you’ve once been within seconds. It’s awesome. I love the new album and am so glad it made its way outta them ‘woods.’ Ohh…my bologna has a second name..its “M-A-Y-E-R” LOL! Thanks, I will have that little jingle in my head this time tomorrow. Ha!

  5. Comment by Beth — February 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm  


  6. Comment by Angelika Cutino — February 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm  

    The thing that stands out for me is not only do we get to see the finish product, but through you as well as the other DHD’s and Tim himself we get to hear and experience some of what goes on while making the record. I have said it before and I say it again, you remind me of the energizer bunny because you just keep going, and going, and going. You have all your music projects with and without Mr. McGraw, your work with the TMF, and all the different marathons you do in between the shows and the other projects! You, Mr. Jeff McMahon is a true man of character, and for that I applaud you.

    The Southern Voice CD has so many good songs that hit close to home, and then there are the fun ones. Every time that I think this is the best and you guys can’t get better, you prove me wrong and go above and beyond the last one!

    Can’t wait to see all of you on the road this year!


  7. Comment by Lea — February 17, 2010 at 8:38 am  

    I agree with all the above comments. Music is very therapeutic and so is running. I also love this CD and was thrilled when it was finally available. I love the memories and the feelings that come with all the songs. Tim Mcgraw and DHD music is definitely a big part of my day-to-day life!!!

  8. Comment by Barb of the flashing sign — February 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm  

    Can’t wait to see and hear all of you guys this Saturday in Huntington.

    You expressed exactly what music means to a lot of us; we remember so much of our lives through music, like you stated.

    When I get to hear everything live, for a short period of time, all of the problems and daily concerns disappear. That’s the magic of Tim McGraw and every single one of the DHD’s.

    A simple “thank you” doesn’t seem nearly sufficient….wave those magic wands!!! ♪♪♫♫♪♪

  9. Comment by Carol — February 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm  

    Love the CD and hope that “You Had To Be There” will be released as a single after “Still.” Can’t wait to see you all this Sunday!!!

  10. Comment by Chris — February 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm  

    Jeff, it certainly is another of the best of the best of everything you Tim and the rest of the DHD’s have accomplished in the years; I love it if not more or equal to the other records. They are amazing. This one is one that can bring you places: I love the sound, and the lyrics, all awesome. Your work is to be commended! You are absolutley amazing, and as I said in these comments, “One Heck of an Energizer Bunny.” Maybe even Like Timex! Love You, Jeff, and GREAT JOB WELL DONE! Looking forward to seeing y’all on the Road this July 2010!!

    Chris in Mass

  11. Comment by Kelley S JMarch 3, 2010 at 8:05 am  

    Music can and always has been able to define, refine and change my mood. In seconds. Does that make me fickle? Maybe. But more likely, it just means I am human with a strong connection to the things that move and inspire me. Thanx for being a part of that journey. With your music, with your friendship and your inspiration. Run, my old friend. Run.

  12. Comment by Doc RimMarch 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm  

    So true, Jeff. Music can reach anyone and it really does take you back in time. I’ve enjoyed so many genres of music ( I think my ipod playlists would surprise some folk) and each time I hear a song it brings me right back to the place, the moment, the feeling. Some music relaxes me, some excites and some just make me want to bang my head (HAHAHA) but there has always been something about Tim’s voice that relaxed and soothed me. I first noticed it when I was pregnant with my son. I would be driving to work feeling all sick and tired and he would be kicking me in the ribs and Tim and the DHD would come on the radio and everything was good in the world (for about 3 min 45 seconds 🙂 So, THANK YOU for your music and especially for Southern Voice. Maybe the next album can have a 27-minute jam on there to soothe all those expectant mothers out there. 🙂

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