Following the enormous success of Tim McGraw’s most recent single, the “Shotgun Rider” singer is releasing another potential hit off his Sundown Heaven Town album.
Though McGraw crooned in his latest Number 1 about yearning for no other shotgun rider beside him, someone other than frequent duet partner (and life partner) Faith Hill pulled up the barstool next to him for his next release. Keeping it all in the family, McGraw relied on his cousin, Catherine Dunn, for supplementary and complementary vocals on “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” the fourth single to emerge from Sundown.
The duet is a story about a couple coming to the realization that they are not compatible and finally admitting defeat. Comparing themselves to things that can’t possibly go together, such as queens and fools, the two submit to their looming observation that they will never “mix like [they] hoped.” A track riddled with sadness and unfortunate admission, the two sing about all the things they can never be:
It ain’t like midnight and cigarette smoke, it ain’t like watered down whiskey and coke. I guess some things just don’t mix like you hoped like me and you and diamond rings and old barstools.
McGraw’s and Dunn’s vocals mix together in a way that the subjects of the story can’t; like fingers intertwining and coming together in perfect unity. They say that sharing genes can aid in creating immeasurable and incomparable talent when forces are combined, and McGraw and Dunn prove that being first cousins can result in first-rate material.