Coming to New York’s Beacon Theatre on June 10th, 2019
(New York, NY—April 17, 2019) Pulitzer-Prize winner Jon Meacham and Grammy award-winner Tim McGraw will embark on a national seven-city tour to support their book, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation (Random House – On sale June 11, 2019).
Songs of America is at its heart a celebration of America and the music that has inspired us. Through years of strife and triumph, America has been shaped not only by our leaders, our words and our deeds, but by our music—by the lyrics, performers and instrumentals that have carried us through dark days and enabled us to celebrate bright ones. From the “Star Spangled Banner” to “Born in the USA,” Meacham and McGraw take us on a journey illuminating the eras of history through the music of those times—from the Revolutionary War to the present—that helped define American culture.
Exploring American history through music, Meacham and McGraw will give an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating the 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 event will be both illuminating and entertaining. To add to the evening, listeners will get some special musical performances of songs from the book by McGraw.
Each ticket for the Songs of America Book Tour includes a copy of Meacham and McGraw’s forthcoming book, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music that Made a Nation (a $30 value).
The 7-city Songs of America Book Tour will launch June 10th. Presales for the Songs of America Book Tour begin Wednesday, April 17 at noon local time to MCGRAWONE members. Join McGrawOne by texting songsofamerica to 615-205-5687 for first presale access information. Tickets go on sale for the general public on Friday, April 19. Visit www.SongsOfAmericaBook.com for complete information.
Random House is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham are represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Songs of America Tour
6/10 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
6/11 – Charleston, SC – Gaillard Center
6/12 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
6/21 – Waco, TX – Magnolia Market
6/22 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
6/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theatre
6/24 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, and The Soul of America, Meacham holds the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and is a fellow of the Society of American Historians.
Tim McGraw’s unparalleled career includes 43 number one radio singles, 16 number one albums and countless industry awards and accolades. His unique chart achievements include having three singles in the Top 20 of the radio charts on multiple occasions, as well as having two singles spend over 10 weeks at number one. His last solo project spawned one of the biggest hit singles of all-time, “Humble and Kind,” whose message continues to impact fans around the world including a Spanish version sung by McGraw. He has routinely been cited as one of the biggest touring artists in the history of country music. His latest single, “Thought About You” was the feature televised performance on the NFL Tailgate Party for Super Bowl LIII.
Advance Praise for Songs of America
“The civil-rights movement couldn’t have happened without its music, and Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw have written a wonderful and moving account of how the sounds of America helped lead us toward what Dr. King called ‘the Beloved Community.’ This book brings it all back for me—the struggles and the triumphs, the tough days and the transcendent ones.”
—Congressman John Lewis
“From hymns that swelled the hearts of revolutionaries to the spirituals that stirred citizens to spill blood for a more perfect Union and the blues and country-infused beats that aroused change in the 1960s, Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw form an irresistible duo—connecting us to music as an unsung force in our nation’s history. Songs of America is not just a cultural journey—it strikes our deepest chords as Americans: patriotism, protest, possibility, creativity and at the root of it all, freedom of expression enshrined in our founding document.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin
“From the songs of the enslaved to the sounds of the civil-rights movement, from ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to Springsteen’s ‘The Rising’ after 9/11, Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw have convened a concert in Songs of America. It is a glorious celebration of our diversity—and of the strength that comes from the myriad of voices of all races that make us who we are.”
“What a gem of a book! To read, to see, to hear the history of America, right and wrong, in song. This is an unusually well written and moving story; it’s about us and U.S. all at the same time—as intimate as it is majestic in scope and reach.”