Fresh off of his recent Billboard No. 1 song “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw has announced his next single, “How I’ll Always Be.” The tune, which was penned by Chris Janson, Jeremy Stover and Jamie Paulin, is the third single from Tim’s 2015 album, Damn Country Music.
The song is also part of an interesting trifecta on the album. Along with “Losin’ You” and “Damn Country Music,” “How I’ll Always Be” is one of three songs that reference Hank Williams. If you’re listening to the album as a whole, the songs fall sequentially as tracks two, three and four.
“How about that?” says Tim to Nash Country Daily. “It wasn’t intentional that we recorded all those songs with the Hank references, but it was intentional to put them in that order. I just thought it was kinda cool to have three songs with those references in them. And they’re all distinctively different songs, that’s what I like about it as well. It shows in a lot of ways the influence Hank Williams has had on country music—when one artist can do three songs in a row on one album that are distinctively different songs and distinctly different styles and have a Hank Williams reference in all of them, that’s pretty cool.”
Check out the Hank references below and give Tim’s new single, “How I’ll Always Be,” a listen.
“Losin’ You” (Matt Dragstrem, Rodney Clawson, Tom Douglas)—You’re in the blue breeze blowin’ / Across the sugar white sand / And the roar of the wheels / When I’m tryin’ to land / In a Hank Williams tune / And a Coltrane song / In the dead of the night / And at the break of dawn/It never gets old / And it’s always new / Everywhere I go / I keep on losin’ you
“How I’ll Always Be” (Chris Janson, Jamie Paulin, Jeremy Stover)—I’m a little more lose my temper than to sit on back / I’m a little more ol’ Hank Williams than that trendy crap / I love a flat wood ol’ front porch made of an old oak tree / And that’s how I’ll always be
“Damn Country Music” (Cary Barlowe, Jessi Alexander, Josh Thompson)—I packed it all on a whim / Threw an old Hank cassette tape in Dad’s 84 rusty Ford / He swore we’d never make it / I quit my job, let my momma down / Broke an angel’s heart on the way out of town / Pulled my roots from the ground
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