Tim McGraw performed his poignant single “I Called Mama,” live from the iconic Bluebird Cafe on Wednesday (Sept. 16).
“On the one hand this song is literally, ‘hey, call your mom.’ On the other hand, you look at a time like this, there are real hardships for everyone, and it’s a great reminder that hearing someone’s voice who knows you and loves you can help you get through anything,” McGraw shared in a statement. “I think it’s at these very difficult times that music can help and the power of a song can give someone a moment of clarity or comfort, or just a smile. Especially now, when we seem to need it more than ever.”
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) September 17, 2020
The song was officially released just days before Mother’s Day and it quickly resonated with fans everywhere. On the surface, the tune serves as a reminder for people everywhere to pick up the phone and call their moms, however, the message goes much deeper than that.
“I Called Mama” was written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary and produced by McGraw alongside Byron Gallimore. The track is featured on his first solo album in nearly five years, Here on Earth.
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban with P!nk, Morgan Wallen and Trisha Yearwood.
The 2020 ACM Awards took place in Music City for the first time ever. The three-hour show took place at three iconic venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.
Hosted by Keith Urban, the star-studded event aired on Wednesday, September 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS Television Network and streamed live and on-demand on CBS All Access.