Country music superstar Tim McGraw is telling the world, in song, that he doesn’t know where Portland is.
McGraw’s latest album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” came out Tuesday and features a track called “Portland, Maine.” The catchy ballad is a break-up song, and in it McGraw is lamenting that his love has left for Portland, but says that’s fine by him. He keeps repeating the phrases “Portland, Maine, I don’t know where that is” and “I don’t want to know.”
The song was written by two singer-songwriters, Abe Stoklasa of Nashville and Canadian Donovan Woods.
Having the words “Portland, Maine” in the title of a pop song is a big deal, especially when it’s sung by an artist who has scored 50 Top Ten country hits over the last 20 years. People interested in promoting the city feel it’s bound to bring some positive attention.
“If he doesn’t know where it is, we’d like to invite Tim and his family here to show him around,” said Lynn Tillotson, president of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We might start a Facebook campaign, asking people if they know where Portland, Maine is.”
“Well, we certainly think that whoever it is that broke Tim’s heart made a fantastic choice in coming to Portland,” said Jessica Grondin, a spokesperson for the city.” And while we’re pretty sure that Tim does indeed know where Portland is, the mayor (Michael Brennan) would be more than happy to take him on a personal tour the next time he’s in the area.”