Retro Single Review: Tim McGraw, “Welcome to the Club”

1992 | Peak: #47

Tim McGraw’s debut single showcases his ear for a good song, even if his skills as an interpreter haven’t quite caught up with him yet.

He’s a bit too twangy, and the listless production behind him doesn’t do him any favors.¬† But the talent is clearly there, and if given this song again today, he’d knock it out of the ballpark. (Assuming that he doesn’t shoehorn in a vocoder.)

Written by André Pesis and Steve Seskin

Grade: B-

Listen: Welcome to the Club



  1. I’ve never heard of this song. Interesting that Curb always called “Indian Outlaw” his debut single.

  2. I like this song, and this album, a whole lot. I actually bought it on cassette first,and on cd a couple of years later. “Welcome to the Club” was my second favorite on it after “The Only Thing I Have Left.” (Incidentally, George Strait’s version of that song was really good too.”) I also liked “Memory Lane.”

  3. I don’t think Tim gets enough credit for how far he has evolved, vocally and artistically. I know you have made note of it many times Kevin. You compare this to some of the deeper cuts on Live Like You Were Dying and I think it’s very evident how far he has come. I think he’s displayed a very thoughtful taste in material on the last 3 albums, though you have to sometimes look past the singles to discover that.

  4. …everything still sounds and looks a lot like tracy lawrence, but that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. the mcgraw twist in his voice is priceless and i still enjoy his singing as much as i did then in his early days.

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