GAC gets exclusive premiere of new Taylor Swift video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- (July 20, 2006) -- Great American Country will bring viewers the world premiere of the inaugural video project from singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. Titled "Tim McGraw," the video will debut on GAC on Saturday, July 22, at 2:30 p.m. ET following GAC's "On the Streets." The network will have exclusive television rights to the video for 10 days.

GAC helped to introduce Swift to the world this summer. The 16-year old high school student from Hendersonville, Tenn., is the subject of "GAC Short Cuts," a series of short-form features that document Swift's pursuit of a career in country music.

"GAC viewers have gotten to know a little about Taylor and her music this summer, and we are happy to have the opportunity to tell more of her story by being the first to show her first video," said Sarah Trahern, senior vice president of programming for GAC.

"Tim McGraw" broke into the Top 40 on the country charts this week. Although the song's title carries the name of the country music superstar, its lyrics make only passing reference to McGraw, instead telling the story of how a particular tune on the radio ignites long-dormant passion.

"It deals with the haunting power of music and how hearing a song years after it was first popular can have such an emotional appeal," Swift said.

The single is the first release from Swift's self-titled album, due out in October.

"Taylor Swift is a very important new artist and the folks at GAC saw that immediately. Their initial commitment with the groundbreaking 'GAC Short Cuts' provided the perfect lead-in to introduce Taylor to their viewership," said Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Records. ( will have additional content, including exclusive behind-the-scenes information and photos from the video shoot.

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