Tim McGraw Gives Touch of Home to 2020 CCMA Awards with ‘I Called Mama’

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Tim McGraw keeps finding ways to draw the world closer through the pandemic.  The country music superstar has been virtually everywhere singing from his latest album, “Here On Earth,” released last month.  Although the songs were recorded before the virus crisis, the music took on new meaning under the worldwide outbreak and quarantine requirements.

Themes of home and family fill songs like “Hallelujahville” and “Gravy.”  There’s even a sweet tearjerker of a song celebrating a dog’s life from Tim McGraw called “Doggone.” Only an artist of genuine heart and stature can pull that kind of tenderness off without a hitch.  The most touching song in the collection is “I Called Mama.” Marv Green, Lance Miller, and Jimmy Yeary wrote the ballad.  McGraw makes it completely his own.

Country music stars sing their hits, again and again, appearance after appearance.  Tim McGraw proves that no performance is rote with his recent rendition of “I Called Mama” offered especially from Nashville for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as ETCanada via MSN confirmed.  Fans could feel the love as much as Tim’s familiar Louisiana twang through the lyrics.  The emotion was palpable, only making the performance more special.

Tim McGraw knows a song that means home to everyone

The Nashville skies seemed overcast from the view shared by Tim McGraw and his band for the performance.  From the beginning, the premier artist called “I Called Mama” a song that was “hard to ignore” with its reflective bonds of family and fleeting time, especially highlighted under the current global situation of life-and-death.  There was a gentle quiver in the singer’s voice and a particular intent in this special performance, beyond the fact that the song charted well in Canada.

One change that alert fans could see was that the present tense was alternated with past tense in the line “bought a Slim Jim and the Coke.”  The lyric was “buy a Slim Jim and a Coke” at the opening this time, and again featured through the song.  One of the deepest, yet subtle messages comes in the last verse after “I called Mama” with “Instead of saying tomorrow I’m gonna.” None of us is ever promised tomorrow and that truth is brutally before the world now. Today is the treasure we have to celebrate.

Parents matter

Tim McGraw speaks often in glowing terms of his own mother, Betty Trimble, who sacrificed, worked incessantly, and suffered abuse as she raised Tim and his half-siblings.  Her photos fill frames along with those of Faith Hill, married to McGraw and mother to their three daughters for almost 24 years, in the montage in the video for “I Called Mama.”

Tim’s relationship with his father, major league baseball’s famed New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Tug McGraw, was much more complicated, so much so that the two didn’t come to terms as father and son until Tim was in college. The two came to further compassion, and forgiveness as McGraw made his home and the best medical care available to his dad until his death from brain cancer in 2004. Some of the most moving Tim McGraw classics, such as “You Had to Be There” focus on the crucial presence of a father in a child’s life.

Tim McGraw certainly took notes on his life lessons in fatherhood.  No dad could be more proud of his beautiful daughters, despite the fact that being in quarantine together gets tiresome at times.

Fans love the middle-aged looks from Tim Mcgraw

Nashville is much more than a stone’s throw from Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Ontario, the site of the 2020 CCMA Award honors.  Still, fans from Music City to our neighbors from the North all liked what they saw when53-year-old Tim McGraw took the stage.

The face under the singer’s black hat was more clean-shaven for his CCMA virtual live number, but the fitness routine he revealed in his book, “Grit & Grace: Train the Body, Train the Mind, Own Your Life” is clearly still getting results.

One fan playfully observed, “there’s no way Tim McGraw eats as many Slim Jim’s as he sings about and still looks that good!”

Grey looked glorious on the superstar at the ACM Awards earlier this month, according to fans.  “Tim is aging like fine wine,” agreed the consensus of supporters who loved the silver-toned beard.  After he sang “I Called Mama” that night, he introduced Mickey Guyton for the evening’s most powerful performance.

Familiar names joined Tim McGraw at the 2020 CCMA’s

Kane Brown and Sam Hunt were among the stateside country music stars who offered stirring performances like Tim McGraw’s for the 2020 CCMA Awards, but they were far from the only familiar names.

Just weeks ago, Tenille Townes went home with an ACM trophy. Keith Urban was her pre-show presenter.  That dream-come-true moment multiplied when Townes earned Female Artist of the Year at the CCMA’s, even if Tim McGraw couldn’t give her the hardware.  She also took home two other awards, as Global News per MSN reported.

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and rising talent, Lindsay Ell is the 2020 CCMA Interactive Artist of the Year. Brett Kissell has been a beloved Canadian country music star for years, and he took four awards, leading the winners.  He dedicated his words of acceptance to the power of unity in music. Dallas Smith was another big winner, becoming the T.D. Entertainer of the Year.

Canadians love country music, like everyone else.   Just like Tim McGraw, these gifted performers know that there’s no limit for someone talented with a good song.

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