November 25, 2008
If you’re going to comb through an artist’s catalog looking for missed hits, Tim McGraw is a good guy to start with. “Telluride” was on Tim’s Set This Circus Down album, which produced four #1 hits. It’s easy to imagine this one lighting up the charts, though it’s quite a bit less effective in the less experienced hands of Josh Gracin.
There’s none of the wry humor or devilish charm of McGraw’s reading here. If anything, Gracin’s overly earnest. McGraw gave a performance that connected with what the lyrics described – a one-night stand that was noteworthy for the action. Gracin sounds like he’s swooning over a long lost love. In case anyone out there’s still looking for proof of the difference between being a gifted singer and an effective one, here it is.
Written by Brett James and Troy Verges