By Annie Reuter
Last night (Feb. 19), Tim McGraw stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show and had a special surprise in store for the new host.
“I thought since it’s Jimmy’s first week we should give his audience something they can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “It’s been a great week for the show already, and I’m honored Jimmy invited me to the party!”
And after playing a game of charades with Bradley Cooper, Emma Thompson and the Tonight Show‘s new host, McGraw took the stage in a black cowboy hat to perform “Shotgun Rider.” McGraw previously recorded a song of the same name on his 2007 album Let It Go (in a duet with his wife, Faith Hill), but what he played this time was a brand-new song.
With pedal steel and gritty guitar, McGraw lovingly sang of how he doesn’t want just another run-of-the-mill person sitting beside him. He wants it to be that special someone. “I don’t ever want to wake up, looking into someone else’s eyes . . . I don’t want no other shotgun rider beside me, singing to the radio,” he sang.
Head to the 37 minute mark in the video below to see McGraw perform “Shotgun Rider” (or watch it here). As Fallon noted, the song is set to appear on McGraw’s next album, which is due out later this year.