Me and Tennessee

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"Me and Tennessee"
Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow - Me And Tennessee single.jpeg
Single by Tim McGraw with Gwyneth Paltrow
from the album Country Strong
Released February 22, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 4:43
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Chris Martin
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Felt Good on My Lips"
"Me and Tennessee"
"Better Than I Used to Be"

"Felt Good on My Lips"
"Me and Tennessee"
"Better Than I Used to Be"
Gwyneth Paltrow singles chronology
"Forget You"
(2010) Forget You2010
"Me and Tennessee"
(2011) Me and Tennessee2011
(2011) Landslide2011

"Me and Tennessee" is a song written by Chris Martin and performed by Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow. It is included on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Country Strong, in which the two star. It peaked at number 34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at number 63 on the UK Singles chart.


McGraw said that he had difficulty recording the song with Paltrow because he thought that "it's such a moving song" and said that he wanted to sing as well on it as she did.[1] The song is the final cut on the Country Strong soundtrack. Paltrow's then-husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, wrote it.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Blake Boldt of Engine 145 gave the song a "thumbs down", calling the lyrics "hackneyed" and saying that the song "moves along without pause or purpose."[3] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock was more positive, rating the song three-and-a-half stars out of five. He wrote that it was a "by-the-numbers breakup song, but the execution is where it shines", and praised both McGraw's and Paltrow's vocals and the "darker" sound.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 63


  1. ^ Bonaguro, Alison (9 March 2011). "OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Trying to Keep Up With Gwyneth Paltrow". CMT. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw Record Chris Martin Song for Country Strong". CMT. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  3. ^ Boldt, Blake (9 March 2011). "Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow — "Me and Tennessee"". Engine 145. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  4. ^ Peacock, Bobby (22 February 2011). "Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow — "Me and Tennessee"". Roughstock. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw with Gwyneth Paltrow Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Tim McGraw with Gwyneth Paltrow: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.