In a world where country radio charts are dominated by alcohol soaked Friday nights, Tim McGraw is taking his latest single in the opposite direction. Lyrically, ‘Diamond Rings & Old Barstools’ is simple, yet complex, and can lend itself to different interpretations. In one breath, it’s a story of a man who lost his marriage to alcohol, and in another, the barstool comes after the failed relationship. Wherever the song leads you, it’s moving and vivid imagery is sure to tug right at your heart strings.
McGraw’s first cousin, Catherine Dunn’s, stunning background vocals add another level of depth, which ultimately makes the song so powerful. Musically, it’s very simple but still gritty with bluesy guitar licks and a steel guitar solo. ‘Diamond Rings & Old Barstools is pure country and McGraw’s style and demeanor make him the perfect artist to connect you with the song. It hits you in the chest and makes you feel something. That’s exactly what a good country song should do.
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