Over the years, Tim McGraw has become a staple of country music. As a singer, songwriter, and actor, McGraw has enjoyed a wealth of success and is on his way to becoming a legend. McGraw has sold over 40 million albums in the U.S. alone, has produced twelve studio albums, won numerous music awards, and has had several hit singles including “Indian Outlaw,” “I Like It, I Love It,” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
What is even more impressive is that McGraw has had success as an artist for two decades. Moreover, McGraw has branched out by appearing in many well-known films including The Blind Side, Friday Night Lights, and Country Strong.
McGraw’s song “Highway Don’t Care” is from his latest studio album entitled Two Lanes of Freedom which was released in February of 2013 from Big Machine Records. “Highway Don’t Care” is the third single from that album, and it was written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brett Warren, and Brad Warren. The song features vocals from Taylor Swift with Keith Urban on guitar.
Both Swift and Urban are superstars in their rights. The music video for “Highway Don’t Care” was directed by Shane Drake who has also worked with such artists as Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkston, Daughtry, and Flo Rida. The music video was produced by Tameron Hedge and Chandra LaPlume with Taillight as the production company. The music video was inspired by McGraw’s daughter getting her driver’s her license and warns about the perils of distracted driving.
The music video starts out with McGraw walking down the road with scenes of a young girl getting into a car and throwing her cell phone onto the passenger seat. It’s obvious the girl is upset as she starts the car and drives off. At one point, she is using the cell phone while she’s driving. Taylor Swift also appears in the video occasionally as her reflection is seen in the driver’s side window and rearview mirror. In the middle of the song, Keith Urban appears with his guitar riffs. Towards the end of the video, the girl in the car gets into an accident while reaching for her cell phone. The girl is taken to a hospital where McGraw is a doctor working on her. At the end, McGraw comes out to tell her family in the waiting good news and they hug.
The song “Highway Don’t Care” makes a clear contrast between the highway, how it doesn’t care, and how the singer does. In the song, the singer is trying to remind his love to be careful while driving because the “highway don’t care” if she is “all alone” or if she is “coming home.” On the other hand, the singer cares very much. He can’t live without her or stand it if something happens to her. The verses talk about how the other person is upset as she’s driving down the road not paying attention.