With the CMA fan festival underway there was an opportunity to sit in on an interview with Tim McGraw hosted by Ray Waddell executive director of Billboard.
Starting with a brief introduction Tim began his interview recounting his days as a dirt poor Louisiana native that had a love of music. Tim said he was not a virtuoso like many talented people around music city but learned how to play guitar by selling his class ring and getting a guitar.
Watching CMT as his guide Tim spent hours upon hours teaching himself the guitar. His friends encouraged him to get out and play at restaurants in the area and he was able to get started gigging. With more encouragement he loaded up onto greyhound and headed to Nashville.
Right after disembarking the bus Tim landed in The Hall of Fame Lounge, that was the start of his career in Nashville. Tim did land a record deal and the single that got him noticed was " Indian Outlaw." Love it or hate it Tim said it got me noticed.
The single was so hot it got Tim booked into arenas on the weekend and during the week he still honored his smaller venues that were previously booked.
Asked about his song choices Tim answered saying he conferred with his wife Faith. Another question posed was what makes the perfect show? Tim replied I don't want to feel like it was middle of the road, I am a competitive guy.
Tim also said he will have an album coming out this year. Asked about acting he said it goes hand in hand with the music but music is where it all started.
There is a new album coming out the 4th quarter and also a movie with Gwyneth Paltrow " Love Don't Let me Down in which he plays a husband manager of a country singer that was filmed in Nashville.
There were other interesting opportunity's to meet and listen to artists at the CMA Summit on the reception Bo Bice sang a few songs acoustically with his guitarist and harmony singer he was engaging, humble and mixed easily among the crowd.
Blake Shelton was on a panel with Tom Roland moderating. Blake was adding to the mix by voicing his opinion and doing a bit of texting which was the request to text in your questions to the panel.
All in all the CMA Summit was a great mix of business and entertainment a great opportunity to mix the business side of the music with the talent.