Don’t miss Tim and Faith shar­ing a pri­vate mo­ment for thou­sands of coun­try su­per­fans.

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THEY DE­BUTED THEIR NEW SIN­GLE IN VE­GAS AT THE ACADEMY OF COUN­TRY MU­SIC AWARDS. NOW FAITH HILL AND TIM MC­GRAW COME BACK TO TOWN ON THEIR SOUL2­SOUL TOUR. BY HEIDI MITCHELL

Faith Hill is a stay-at-home mom. The coun­try singer may have five Gram­mys and more than two dozen chart-top­ping hits to her credit, but for the past decade, Hill has recorded in the stu­dio, choos­ing her three daugh­ters over the thrill of the road. The ex­cep­tion: when the op­por­tu­nity arises to tour with her coun­try mega-star hus­band Tim Mc­graw (who has three Gram­mys and count­less hits to his name).

Now that their youngest is just about old enough to drive, Mc­graw says hit­ting the road seemed like a good idea. In April, they launched the third it­er­a­tion of their record-break­ing 2006 Soul2­soul tour, which still claims the title of high­est-gross­ing coun­try mu­sic tour of all time, per­formed for more than 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple in 118 cities. “The 2006 tour was such an amaz­ing spec­ta­cle, so how do you beat that?” asks Mc­graw en route to record in the stu­dio. To match the stage­craft and ex­cite­ment,

the pair re­hearsed for more than a year and “built in a few sur­prises.” Faith does a solo set that Mc­graw says is “flat smok­ing ev­ery night” and they’ve pleas­antly shocked con­cert­go­ers with un­ex­pected tracks like the Aretha Franklin/ Ge­orge Michael duet, “I Knew You Were Wait­ing (For Me).”

The Mc­graw-hills have kept a few other balls in the air, like de­but­ing their girl-power duet “Speak to a Girl” at the 52nd an­nual Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Las Ve­gas in April. It was just a taste of the cou­ple’s first duets al­bum, to be re­leased later this year.

“In­di­vid­u­ally, the mu­sic we were mak­ing was go­ing well,” ex­plains Mc­graw. “So the tim­ing was never right for a duet al­bum. And, in ret­ro­spect, I’m glad we waited. As artists, you hope that songs that carry weight and have a mes­sage that is big­ger than the artist find their way to you. When those songs come along, you feel priv­i­leged.”

Devo­tees of the cou­ple’s very dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to coun­try mu­sic can ex­pect to hear a few mu­si­cal fa­vorites dur­ing their show at T-mo­bile Arena in July, and maybe a cou­ple of tunes the two sang dur­ing their hugely pop­u­lar two-year res­i­dency at Vene­tian in 2012.

“Faith makes me a bet­ter singer,” says Mc­graw. “I’m a Nascar and she’s an Indy Car. I’m a quar­ter­horse and she’s a thor­ough­bred. When we’re on­stage to­gether, I have to bring my A-game.”

July 13, T-mo­bile Arena; soul2­soul­tour.com

Coun­try’s sex­i­est cou­ple re­minded men how to speak to a girl when they de­buted their new sin­gle in Ve­gas at the ACM Awards in April.

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