Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham Talk Songs of America — and What to Expect from Their Ongoing Book Tour

Tim McGraw

 Tim McGraw and his longtime friend Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer, wrote a new book, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation, that explores the history of the United States through song.

It all started with a late-night conversation and cigars in Meacham’s den, McGraw tells PEOPLE in a joint interview.

“Reading Jon’s last book, Soul of America, I got to thinking about how music really marks times in people’s lives, and not necessarily inflection points or seminal moments in people’s lives, but mundane, everyday moments a song can put you back into,” explains the “Humble and Kind” singer, who will perform some of the featured songs during the 7-city book tour. “And I got to thinking, if music can do that on an individual basis, what can it do on sort of a mass consciousness basis? [What impact can music have on understanding] the history of our country?”

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