In a televised concert that aired nationwide, “Sing Me Home,” McGraw’s first TV concert special, was filmed near his boyhood home of Start, La.
“I had this vision of building this great, great stage … and inviting the whole town, actually everybody from all around. In the nearest 3,000 seats to the stage were all these people who I grew up with, people I hadn’t seen in years. Whenever I recognized someone, I just called out their name. It was a great experience.”
After a production deal had been initiated with CBS, a stage was built on a cotton gin near the singer’s former school. Some 30,000 of his fans crowded into the temporary amphitheater. With the technology of television enhancing the show, it was a step up from the annual concerts McGraw performs in Start.
McGraw TV special a hometown hoot
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
By John Hayes, Post-Gazette Staff Writer