Where Have all the cowboys gone?
Whatever happened to those uncomplicated and charming rogues that once filled our radios with country music? If you ask Sean Patrick McGraw, his answer will be, "I'm that guy."
'I'm That Guy' also happens to be the title of his new single which is just starting to hit radio and is already rising on the charts.
The first release off of McGraw's second album, 'Hard Way to Make an Easy Living,' follows on the heels of a critically successful first album, 'My So Called Life.'
You may be familiar with the title song from that album which Montgomery Gentry recorded and released on their album, "Rebels on the Run."
In addition to the song being picked up by a national artist, McGraw's "Git Yer Cowboy On" was featured as the kick off tune for Westwood One's Super Bowl game broadcast from Cowboys Stadium.
A former Nashville Star semi-finalist who is fast becoming an established singer-songwriter in the genre also had two other songs, "Anyone But Me," and "Drink With Hank," featured in episodes of the HBO vampire series "True Blood."
So how does the East Nashville based artist kick off the new album? By doing what he does best, go an a promotional road trip. Not counting touring, last year McGraw boasts that he logged over 50,000 miles atop his new Harley Davidson motorcycle criss-crossing the country with just his six string and a fly rod in his saddle bags.
"I love being out on the open road on my Harley," said McGraw asserting his authentic rugged individualism. "It clears my head. I usually write songs while I am out riding on the bike."
Sean Patrick McGraw has been chosen as one of the opening acts for the Jagermeister Country Tour the past three years featuring artists the likes of Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith and Trace Adkins.
"Nobody knows who I am, so I have to get peoples' attention by necessity," McGraw says. Despite the challenge, he often goes out on stage solo, with just his guitar, standing alone in the spotlight. "It is a great time, you get to go out and get the crowd up. Get them ready, emcee the party."
"It never hurts to make people laugh," said McGraw, aware that some of his blue collar following is going through tough economic times. "I sing songs about their lives, about what they can relate to."
The song-writer captured that emotion in the song he performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" titled "A Dollar Ain't Worth a Dime," an anthem to the modern displaced workers struggle to get by.
"At the very least I am laying the foundation for a song writing career," McGraw quips as he talked while on a promotion tour of East Coast country radio. "We encourage everyone to give our new song a listen, and if you like it, call your local country station and request it."
"Radio people have been advocates of mine," McGraw responded when asked about the success of the trip. "They are constantly singing my praises. I don't know of any other people right off hand that get that."
The 2014 tour schedule is just beginning to take shape, and with his new single already on the charts, hopes are high for the new year. "We have some of the bar and fair gigs lined up but the national tour bookings usually come together after the first of the year." Locally, many Ohio Valley fans are lobbying to get the country artist booked for Jamboree in the Hills.
In addition to Jagermeister, Sean Patrick McGraw is also sponsored by Fender Guitars, Budweiser, The Summit Group and Harley Davidson.
McGraw said looking forward to next year, "It doesn't suck to be me."