By Kurt Wolff
Tim McGraw thinks it’s time to take a break from the fast lane — at least that’s the message behind his current single “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.”
“What I wouldn’t give for a slow down,” he sings, “’cause where I come from, only the horses run.”
McGraw premiered the new music video for “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” today (June 26) on Good Morning America, and it’s as gentle and easygoing as the song’s melody. Watch the video below.
The song was written by Jeffrey Steele, Tom Douglas and Jaren Johnston, and McGraw recorded it as a duet with his wife Faith Hill.
In the video, McGraw and Hill sing together on select verses and appear side by side in contrasting scenes. Shots of the two artists dressed to the nines during a glamourous performance recorded during the recent ACM Awards are juxtaposed against more laid-back scenes at their family farm outside of Nashville, rolling out bread dough and staring out the window at the gentle, quiet countryside.
“Oh I miss yeah a little dirt on the road,” they sing, “I miss corn growing in a row.”
With so many country songs today being about tailgate parties, young love and tossing back a drink or three — not to mention experimenting with hip-hop and EDM-inspired dance beats (something McGraw has done as well) — “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” makes for a refreshing interlude. It’s a song of reflection that, both in its subject and its laid-back arrangement, steps aside from our “crazy” modern world, if only for a few brief minutes. It’s a reminder, too, that while country music may continue to evolve in new and different directions, sometimes it’s the simplest, most familiar-sounding melody that captures the moment, and our attention.
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” will appear on McGraw’s upcoming studio album Sundown Heaven Town, which is scheduled for release Sept. 16.