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Tim McGraw recasts ACM's TV special, airing Sunday
By CHRIS TALBOTT , AP Music Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- When the producers of the Academy of Country Music's annual television special approached Tim McGraw about the 2013 edition, the country music star immediately flashed on the program's format.

"They were tribute shows, and I certainly didn't want anything to do with that," the 46-year-old McGraw said with a laugh. "I wasn't ready for that yet."

Instead, McGraw decided to take the show in a new direction, recasting it as a summer tour preview for fans. "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night," taped one day after the ACM Awards last month in Las Vegas, will air Sunday on CBS.

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McGraw invited top country stars such as wife Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry to perform, but said he was most excited by appearances from pop- and rock-world acts such as Ne-Yo, Pitbull and John Fogerty.

"There were a lot of great country artists there, but I see those guys all the time," he joked.

McGraw serves as host, sings some of his own songs and joins his fellow artists for others. Most of the invited stars perform one of their own songs during the show.

He and Ne-Yo team up on "She Is." McGraw joins Pitbull on "Felt Good on My Lips," and he teams up with Swift and Urban on "Highway Don't Care."

The moment that really sticks with him, though, was joining Fogerty, Aldean, Urban and Bryan for Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Born on the Bayou."

"We were completely floored when he opened his mouth and started singing," McGraw said of Fogerty. "We're all Fogerty fans, CCR fans, all the stuff that he did that was fantastic. But when he started playing guitar and started singing 'Born on the Bayou' in that voice -- I think he's in his mid-60s, if I'm not mistaken. He can flat ... sing. We just sort of stepped back and looked at each other and said, 'Are you kidding me?'"

 

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May 18, 2013 1:13PM
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<a href="http://www.nile7.com/content/%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AA">دعايه واعلان</a>
May 18, 2013 9:50AM
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No mention of the REAL country stars????????????????
May 17, 2013 10:57AM
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I just wish it were The 40's again, that was country music, today its all crap...

May 17, 2013 9:40AM
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Goodbye Country music...Hello to the new genration of wannabes!!  Take notice as to which currernt big name Country Talents are not present in the lineup.....Mr. and Mrs. McGraw have long since sold their souls to the highest bidder..or worse yet, the hollywood crowd. 
May 17, 2013 9:33AM
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Hey everybody, you can pay big bux just to see how lame I really am!
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