Tim McGraw pays tribute to one of country music’s biggest legends Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Still beaming over the overwhelming success of his chart-topper “Humble and Kind,” country music superstar Tim McGraw had something special in mind when he contemplated what single he should release next.

He wanted to pay homage to a hero.

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And that’s exactly what he did with the release of “How I’ll Always Be.” Yet another impressive cut off of his current “Damn Country Music” album, the song makes direct reference to none other than the legendary Hank Williams. In fact, the song is just one of three songs that all run together on the album and all refer to the country icon.

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“How about that?” Tim said in a recent interview. “It wasn’t intentional that we recorded all those songs with the Hank references, but it was intentional to put them in that order. I just thought it was kinda cool to have three songs with those references in them. And they’re all distinctively different songs, that’s what I like about it as well. It shows in a lot of ways the influence Hank Williams has had on country music—when one artist can do three songs in a row on one album that are distinctively different songs and distinctly different styles and have a Hank Williams reference in all of them, that’s pretty cool.”

Totally cool Tim.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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