Chelsea Brasted, columnist, | The Times-Picayune published Apr 4, 2017 at 10:19 pm | updated Jul 7, 2021 in ~ 11:35 am published Apr 4, 2017 in ~ 10:19 pm | to update Jul 7, 2021 in ~ 11:35 am

Tim McGraw and also Faith Hill pose for a promotional photograph in advance of your Soul2Soul The people Tour 2017, i beg your pardon lands in new Orleans top top April 7, 2017. (Photo by Becky Fluke)




Although the crowds thinned ~ an afternoon thunderstorm, the very first weekend the the new Orleans Jazz and also Heritage Festival finished on a high note April 27, 2008, with Tim McGraw. (Photo through Jennifer Zdon, The Times-Picayune)

Tim McGraw performs in ~ the brand-new Orleans Arena on Saturday, April 10, 2010. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune)

Tim McGraw performs at Bayou nation Superfest on might 28, 2011, in ~ Tiger stadion in Baton Rouge. (The Times-Picayune photo)

Tim McGraw performs in ~ the brothers of the sun Tour concert in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome ~ above Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (Photo by Catherine Threlkeld, The Times-Picayune)

Tim McGraw performs at the brothers of the sun Tour concert in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome ~ above Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (Photo through Catherine Threlkeld, The Times-Picayune)

Tim McGraw performs at the brothers of the sunlight Tour concert in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (Photo by Catherine Threlkeld, The Times-Picayune)

Tim McGraw, left, and Faith Hill present the award for record of the year at the 59th annual Grammy Awards top top Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Tim McGraw, left, and Faith Hill attend the people premiere of "The Shack," hosted by The Cinema Society, in ~ the Museum of contemporary Art ~ above Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in new York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Faith Hill, left, and also Tim McGraw kiss after ~ a power at the 52nd yearly Academy of country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in las Vegas. (Photo by chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Faith Hill, left, and also Tim McGraw appear after a power at the 52nd annual Academy of country Music Awards in ~ the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in ras Vegas. (Photo by kris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

With a gigantic Saints helmet as a backdrop, singer confidence Hill it s okay the crowd going while rehearsing Sept. 5, 2007, in Monument Circle for a concert prior to the Saints-Colts video game scheduled the following night. (Photo through Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune)

Faith Hill performs in ~ Mahalia Jackson theater on Aug. 24, 2010, in new Orleans. (The Times-Picayune photo)

Country star Tim McGraw indicators autographs ~ he, Lt. Gov Mitch Landrieu and also announced a fundraising effort on Nov. 29, 2005, in the St. Bernard Parish Government complex in Chalmette. (Photo by Matt Rose, The Times-Picayune)

Tim McGraw sings a duet v his wife, confidence Hill, that was stand on the opposite finish of the stage but was clearly shows on a television, bottom, because that the folks seated close come McGraw at the June 5, 2006, concert at the new Orleans Arena. (Photo by chris Granger, | The Times-Picayune)

Faith Hill sings a duet through her husband, Tim McGraw, that was standing on the opposite finish of the stage yet was visible on a television, bottom, because that the folks seated close to her at the June 5, 2006, concert in ~ the brand-new Orleans Arena. (Photo by chris Granger, | The Times-Picayune)

When cameras uncovered Tim McGraw and faith Hill during the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 2), one point was abundantly clear: This husband and wife duo are having a the ideal time.

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Whether it was jamming out to the Backstreet boys onstage reunion v Florida Georgia line or as soon as Hill jumped right into McGraw"s arms after debuting their brand-new single, "Speak come a Girl," the pair were all smiles. And they do have actually a lot come celebrate.

McGraw, a aboriginal of Delhi, La., and Hill, who hails native Jackson, Miss., will certainly celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary later on this year, and also with an upcoming duet album, they"re lastly getting the possibility to do something they"ve always set their eye on. The album, the course, additionally comes with the opportunity to get back out top top the roadway together.

McGraw"s and also Hill"s Soul2Soul The world Tour 2017 tourism reunites this Friday (April 7) in brand-new Orleans in ~ the Smoothie King Center, launching the 3rd go "round under the name, and also tickets are still available through TicketMaster.

They recognize they"ve got a lot to live approximately -- the 2nd edition, which come to new Orleans in 2006 together a fundraiser for Gulf coastline families impacted by Hurricane Katrina, sold out in minutes, and still ranking as one of the greatest grossing tours of all time -- but even this far into their career, that still feels favor they"re simply gearing up.

Taking a breather after ~ the ACM Awards and before diving back into rehearsals for Soul2Soul, McGraw called in to his house state to record us increase on what he and Hill have actually planned because that this return, why now was the appropriate time -- and also what"s next.

Chelsea Brasted: Let"s begin with the ACMs. Just a pair questions, offered how the went down. Have you constantly been a fan of the Backstreet guys or --?

Tim McGraw: (Laughs) the was just fun. That was funny to watch. The course, ns did prefer the Backstreet Boys as soon as I was younger, and also my kids liked the Backstreet Boys, so it to be cool come see. Ns was having a great time. I hadn"t also seen it. Everyone claimed I to be -- what ns was reaction to was watching BK with Florida Georgia heat doing the dance moves v the Backstreet Boys, and also they all gain up and also lined up. As soon as Brian was doing the run moves with them, that"s what really acquired my attention. That was fun that he gained up and was doing that. I would have never had the (guts) to do that.

CB: i imagine if you gain up come dance with the Backstreet Boys, you have to bring your A game for sure.

TM: Yeah, and also I don"t have an A video game when it involves dancing.

CB: and you and Faith debuted your brand-new song. I know you and also Faith have, what, three daughters, right?

TM: us do. 3 girls, yeah.

CB: to me, as a woman, I assumed this song, "Speak come a Girl," makes a the majority of sense. You men are elevating your very own daughters, this song renders a the majority of sense. But from your own perspective, what drew you to this song?

TM: Well, it"s simply a good song, to begin with. However it"s got a an excellent message, and also when you discover something the is the beautiful the a song and says something the powerful, girlfriend gravitate come it, as an artist. I do, anyway, gravitate towards those kinds of songs, and I know belief does, too. I think it"s just about telling the truth and standing up through who you are and your relationships through people. That talks around speaking come a girl, yet in a wider sense, it"s about respect because that everybody and respect for each other and how you take care of relationships. Certainly, together a dad of daughters, and I flourished up in a house complete of females -- I had my mom and also two sisters -- it to be something ns was constantly aware of, and I think everybody should be conscious of. Men specifically should be conscious of exactly how the words lock use and also the words castle say typical something, and also as a father, I know that because that a fact. They median something, and also they have actually impact. I read somewhere the "words space arrows, aim carefully."

CB: so you males are launching Soul2Soul, take three, really, in new Orleans. Why brand-new Orleans? Was that purposeful?

TM: We acquired to talking around it, us were setup up a tour, and we were thinking of great places to perform it. And also Louisiana is my residence state, and Mississippi is Faith"s house state, and it"s such a cool place and a cool town, and also we haven"t played it in a while, since the critical Soul2Soul, so that felt choose a good place to gain us every together, a an excellent place to acquire the display together, a fun place to hang because that a pair days, rehearsing because that the show. It felt favor it to be a great choice, and also everybody agreed. And also plus every my family and also friends room going to it is in there. A lot of Faith"s family and also friends. Us love the city, and we love the state, that course, so us love gift in brand-new Orleans every opportunity that we get. From an energy perspective, that felt choose a really fun thing for us.

(Editor"s note: The tour is also benefitting native Louisiana"s Musical and also Theatrical taxation Credit program, according to a state official, which supplies an impetus for launching nationwide tours.)

CB: carry out you guys acquire much chance to come home to Louisiana, or to Mississippi, for that matter?

TM: no a lot. You know ... My mother lives in Florida and my sisters live in Tennessee, so i don"t obtain down much. Us go under to Mississippi fairly often since of Faith"s household there. ... But I"ll acquire to see a lot of remote relatives and also cousins that i don"t acquire to see really often. I"ll gain to check out a the majority of those males when we"re down.

CB: That"s awesome. If you"re walking to begin a major tour, friend might too do it in a place that feels choose home.

TM: can as well. And also there"s crawfish right now, too.

CB: the is, I had actually some yesterday. ... Once you men were here last, I"m not certain if the record still holds, yet you guys had actually the largest crowd in the venue"s history, therefore no pressure.

TM: Oh, boy. An excellent thing I gained a the majority of cousins down there.

CB: So exactly how are you guys going around constructing the tour?

TM: It"s various this time. We absolutely don"t desire to give anything away. We have actually some brand-new songs the we"ve functioned on that"ll be in the show. It"s a an excellent looking stage, and also the lighting and the presentation we"re yes, really excited about. We spent all last week in Florida, and hopefully yes, really nailing everything down and getting it the right way and how we wanted it. We"ll invest a little more time doing that. Yet the presentation is simply unbelievable, and also you"ll see. We"ll execute some of ours old songs, however we"ll do a lot of our ingredient together. I think, because that me, as soon as you see belief perform, that"s the best thing around this because that me is city hall my mam perform, because she just turns that loose. I"m biased, but I think she"s one of the finest singers there is in this business. There"s so much warm that come off she voice, and as a demonstrate onstage, she"s fantastic, and also people don"t acquire to view that really often. She doesn"t need big lights and also a large stage. She have the right to go out there and also throw it under without any kind of of the stuff. Because that us, as artists, it"s funny to have actually all the bells and also whistles, specifically when you"re law a big tour.

CB: how do girlfriend guys resolve that, gift on tour, and also having a family? Is over there a time once you"re like, "OK, I need to ride ~ above this other bus today?"

TM: (Laughs) It"s never been that. And also we haven"t toured with each other on the road, on a suitable tour, in 10 years, so it"s a various time in ours life. The youngsters are older. We still have one in high school, two that room out the high school, so we"re not going to have three little kids with us.

CB: did the children travel v you the critical time?

TM: Yeah, lock traveled v us on tour. And we"d desire them to it is in around, yet they"re act their very own thing now. However basically, belief is just so great at scheduling things and keeping points together. I"m really her fourth kid, so I simply go in addition to the program. However we love it. We"re together all the time anyway. Once the youngsters were young, we were choose a fivesome, and also still to this day, Faith and also I invest a lot of time together. We"re hardly ever separate or apart because that a long period of time. I"ll walk on a hunting trip through some guys, or something choose that, and also she"ll go on a expedition with some friends. But most that the time, we"re homebodies. We choose to be at home, cook dinner and also watch TV with the kids. This will be a various time around for us. We"re not constantly out ~ above the bus, like people might think it"s every night ~ above the bus, since we do have actually one child still in high school, we"ll be flying house quite a bit. But it functions pretty great so far, knock on wood. It"ll be 21 year in the center of the tour.

CB: Yeah, the is pretty good. Congratulations on that, due to the fact that it is a feat.

TM: Yeah, thank you. It"s always a challenge, but always a an excellent challenge.

CB: will certainly you guys have actually time to rehearse in new Orleans for a few days?

TM: we will. ... We"re there for a work or 2 rehearsing before the show.

CB: and you guys announced last month you"re act a share album. What to be it around this timing the made the project make sense, and where"d the idea come from?

TM: us did. We always wanted to perform a duet album together, but, gosh, we were having our success, ours solo success, then execute a duet on every other"s projects, and also it would carry out well, yet the time was never ever right through what to be going on in our life, and with the kids and where they to be in your lives. Friend know, confidence took time off to be through the kids, and also the timing never operated out. And also we had actually the right group of people approximately us, which i think is important. ... We decided we were going come start looking for songs to check out what we can find, and also we began finding some good songs and got yes, really excited about it. Us felt favor it would certainly be an album of an excellent songs, and, for us, we never wanted to take the songs because that granted or simply do a duet task to do a duet project because it"s Faith and I and also sort of have actually a couple of great songs, and here"s ours duet album. ... This might be the only one us do, and we want it to it is in something us were proud the in every solitary way.

CB: and you"re in the studio for it?

TM: We"ve been in the studio for quite a while for it. "Speak come a Girl" is the first one turn off of it, and also we had four, 5 things us were considering going through first, yet that one preserved speaking to us. And also we"ll pat a couple new persons on the tour, together well.

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CB: So once do girlfriend actually intend the album to it is in released?

TM: oh gosh, don"t questioning me the question. It"ll be late summer, early on fall, I"m quite sure.