The tour is an accompaniment to her latest album, "Everlasting," which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Album charts when it was released in this spring.
"When I was making the record, I was (visualizing) how we were going to present this on stage, and how much fun it would be to tour with a horn section and background vocals, and really create a visual experience as well as a musical experience," she said in a recent telephone interview.
"We've done just that, and it's been amazing to go out on the road with the show. It's so much fun."
The album is a collection of covers; she breathes new life into such classic ballads as "I've
McBride said choosing the vintage soul and R&B songs was about a seven-month process of listening to literally thousands of songs that she thought fit her voice, and that she could perform authentically. "I wanted to make it a listening experience from beginning to end that was really consistent and cohesive," she said. "At the end of the day, I just recorded songs that I love, like any other record that I make."
The album has topped the charts, and has also received positive reviews.
"On her new album, 'Everlasting,' McBride begs comparison with such giants as
McBride said touring doesn't get old, and this go around, she's having more fun than ever. Touring was more difficult when her children were young, but now that they're older -- her three girls are 19, 16 and 9 -- she feels more free to enjoy it.
Her daughters listen to their mom's music, but they also keep McBride up on some of the new music out today, "stuff that I probably would never hear otherwise."
The family just went to the Bonnaroo music festival, but they listen to all kinds of music at home, including classic music. "My kids listen to everything from
But "Everlasting" is now their favorite record of hers, she said. "They go around singing it all the time."
And they know their mother's music too. McBride's 16-year-old daughter, who's driving now, walked through the house singing "My Baby Loves Me" not long ago, to her mother's surprise.
"I'm like, what are you doing? She's like, 'I have it on my iPod.' They ride around, listening to my songs. I think they're discovering (them) for the first time in their own way."
Media outlets reported the story of one special McBride fan last month. During a tour stop at
McBride said the "special moment" came about through Team Martina, a fan-driven charitable organization that's grown over the years, and McBride herself has gotten more involved too. The fans work together as a group to raise money for charities, and McBride rewarded the top fundraisers with a visit to her sound check.
"Music is what kept me going," McBride told Rolling Stone. "I know that it can make such a difference. We're going to make a difference with this. It feels really good."
"I've always loved to entertain and cook, and it's been a huge part of who I am and what I do when I'm at home," McBride said during a telephone interview recently. She wanted to share that part of her life with readers and fans, and also to demystify the art of entertaining.
"I feel like people are intimidated to entertain at home -- you have people at your house, and you want everything to go just perfectly," she said. The book is a how-to book, but one she hopes will inspire people to start with small, easy parties, with a flow and format they're comfortable with.
The hope, she said, is "to get back into the sort of experience of having people in your home and creating memories instead of going out to a restaurant or bar," she said. "Which is fun, too, but it's such a different experience when you have people in your home and you can really let the evening unfold."
The book features 12 different party themes with lots of ideas for invitations, place settings and other ways to make a party special, along with a menu for each party and recipes, tips, pictures and stories.
McBride said the book is due out in October.
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