Tim McGraw Announces New Album, ‘Standing Room Only, Releases Powerful New Song, ‘Hey Whiskey’

“I really believe this is one of the best projects we’ve made,” the singer stated.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 26, 2023

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Tim McGraw; Photo by Robby Klein

Tim McGraw announced that his next album, Standing Room Only, is set to drop August 25, via Big Machine Records. Along with this news, the three-time Grammy Award-winning superstar also unveiled a brand-new track of the project titled, “Hey Whiskey.” 

The 13-track album was produced by McGraw and his longtime producing partner Byron Gallimore. Together, they crafted a full-length collection that features McGraw’s signature Country sound, his charming vocals and meaningful songs.

“As an artist, I always want to dig deeper and get better every time I make a new record – it’s a big part of what drives me, and I really believe this is one of the best projects we’ve made,” McGraw stated in a press release. 

New Album Coming August 25

Tim McGraw, Standing Room Only
Tim McGraw, Standing Room Only

Follow-Up To Here On Earth

Standing Room Only marks McGraw’s first new record since 2020’s Here On Earth, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and spawned fan-favorite hits including “7500 OBO” and “I Called Mama.”

He continued, “I’ve been working on this album since 2020, and this collection of songs are some of the most emotional, thought-provoking, and life-affirming music I’ve ever recorded. I’m excited to have ‘Hey Whiskey’ out so fans can start hearing more of what we’re working on – and maybe even more before August…”

Today’s release of “Hey Whiskey” offers fans another glimpse into Standing Room Only, following the album’s first single and title track “Standing Room Only.” The title track dropped in March and is quickly climbing through the Top 20 on the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts, marking McGraw’s 92nd career entrance onto Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart.

This only adds to the success McGraw has seen throughout his career. He’s amassed 68 Top 10s and holds the Mediabase record for the most weeks at No. 1 with all titles, with a total of 73 weeks. The “I Like It, I Love It” singer also holds the record for second-most No. 1 albums in the U.S. just behind George Strait.

The new song was paired with an accompanying lyric video that sets the tone for the powerful tune. McGraw’s silky vocals sail across the dreamy guitar picks and slow-tempo tune as he delivers a message to a glass of Whiskey, begging to find the answer to how the strong drink could have convinced him to make such poor decisions regarding his love interest. 

“I let you stay, you made her leave / You made me say things I don’t mean / To the only girl that ever made me choose I gave you everything I had / Went to hell and can’t get back / The only thing I couldn’t stand to lose / Hey whiskey / Hey whiskey, what’d I ever do to you,” he delivers on the chorus. 

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Taking to social media to share the news and also showcase the collectors bundle that’s available for pans to purchase. This limited edition, signed Standing Room Only bundle contains a vinyl or CD, featuring a new t-shirt, collectible trading card and poster. For all details and tiers, visit store.timmcgraw.com.

#StandingRoomOnly THE ALBUM coming August 25th!! 13 songs. And we just released a new song “Hey Whiskey” available everywhere now. I can’t wait to share this whole project with you,” he wrote in the caption.

Teasing 2024 Tour

Tim McGraw is fresh off his busy 2022 touring schedule that featured sold-out shows across amphitheaters. A recent press release revealed that McGraw is expected to share more details soon regarding his return to the road in 2024 with a major production he’s been teasing in recent weeks.

Until then, he has a slew of performances in store throughout the summer. He’s slated to take the stage at a variety of fairs and festivals including Country Thunder, California Mid-State Fair, Country Jam USA, Cheyenne Frontier Days and more.  

Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

For a full list of Tim McGraw’s upcoming shows, click here

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.