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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill score another hit together

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tim McGraw has a reputation for picking the right songs over the course of his 20-year career, although he says he had some help on his latest hit.

His nostalgic country single “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” was clearly a winner after he saw the reaction that his wife and fellow country singer, Faith Hill, had after playing a demo of the song.

“And when it got to the end, where it said, ‘Me and you back at mama’s,’ she started crying,” McGraw said. “I said, ‘I’m going to record it and you’re going to record it with me.'”

The duet on his new album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” out Tuesday, sept. 16, marks his 50th top 10 entry on Billboard’s Hot Country chart and further emphasizes how important family is to McGraw, both for his own kinfolk and his ever-growing musical family.

“We really haven’t recorded that many songs together,” said McGraw, who will celebrate his 18th anniversary with Hill in October. “Just a handful. And we try to only record songs that we think are special to us. And this was one of those songs.”

But even for a hit maker, not every song is a home run. One of the first singles from the album was a pop-influenced track, “Lookin’ for That Girl,” which features an effect on his vocals commonly called auto-tune. The song peaked at No. 85 on the Hot 100 and had some radio stations questioning whether it was too progressive.

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