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Tim McGraw Spills on Recording ‘Highway Don’t Care’ ‘With’ Taylor Swift, Keith Urban

Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
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Is ‘Highway Don’t Care’ one of your favorite tracks from Tim McGraw‘s ‘Two Lanes of Freedom‘ album? If so, you have modern technology to thank for the colossal collaboration between the superstar, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

The blending of the vocals and instrumental track on ‘Highway Don’t Care’ sounds as if the three acts spent an unlimited time together in the recording studio, but fans would be interested to find out that none of them actually stepped foot in the same room at the same time in the process.

“Thank God for modern technology because everybody is so busy,” McGraw confesses (quote via Country Music Tattle Tale). “I could just shoot over the track to Keith and he could lay his part down and Taylor could do the same.”

But would ‘Highway Don’t Care’ have benefited from in-person interaction between the track’s three featured musicians? McGraw doesn’t think so.

“It’s hard to say, but I don’t know how it could be any better,” he gushes. “I knew I wanted Taylor from the very beginning, and Keith and I have been trying to find a way to work together for a long time. This was the perfect song for all of us.”

“I’m a big fan of both of those guys. I think Taylor is just a really special artist for all of music. And she’s a real shining light in our industry,” McGraw furthers in an exclusive interview with Taste of Country. “And I think Keith Urban is one of the most talented guys around. I’ve always been a huge fan of his as an artist and a singer, but his guitar playing I think is second to none. He’s one of the best guitar players out there. To have him play guitar on my record is just something special.”

In our review of McGraw’s new studio album, we concur that ‘Highway Don’t Care’ is one of the standout tracks. ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ which impacted on Feb. 5, serves as the singer’s highly-anticipated debut Big Machine Records release. The McGraw/Swift/Urban song is already at No. 2 on iTunes Top 10 most-downloaded country songs, just behind Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’

Next: See a List of Country's Top Duets

Listen to Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’ Feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban,

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