A celebration of American history through the music that helped to shape a nation, by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw
Grammy Award-winning country artist Tim McGraw and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham have co-authored a book and will support it with a book tour. As they publish their new joint book, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation, available June 11th via Random House, Meacham and McGraw will give an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating this book and their friendship as they combine their individual perspectives as writer and artist to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping our nation.
Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, the Songs of America Book Tour will be both illuminating and entertaining. To add to the evening, the audience will get some special musical performances of songs from the book by McGraw.
Limited tickets for the book tour are available with every ticket including a copy of “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation,” a $30 value. Fans can get tickets by joining McGrawOne by texting songsofamerica to 615-205-5687 for first pre-sale access information.
From “The Star-Spangled Banner” to “Born in the U.S.A.,” Meacham and McGraw take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Meacham chronicles our nation’s history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation.
Readers will discover the power of music in the lives of figures such as Harriet Tubman, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and will learn more about some of our most beloved musicians and performers, including Marian Anderson, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
“Songs of America” explores both famous songs and lesser-known ones, expanding our understanding of the scope of American music and lending deeper meaning to the historical context of such songs as “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” “God Bless America,” “Over There,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” As Quincy Jones says, Meacham and McGraw have “convened a concert in ‘Songs of America’,” one that reminds us of who we are, where we’ve been, and what we, at our best, can be.”
Songs Of America Book Tour:
June 6 – New York, NY
June 11 – Charleston, SC
June 12 – Washington, DC
June 21 – Waco, TX
June 22 – Atlanta, GA
June 23 – Charlotte, NC
June 24 – Releigh, NC
Author: Buddy Iahn
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