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Sibling rivalry: McGraw and Chesney sound off on ... each other

PHILADELPHIA — In addition to the “Brothers of the Sun” trek, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s paths have crossed quite a bit recently, including their Top 20 duet “Feel Like a Rock Star” and respective appearances on Lionel Richie’s hit country crossover album “Tuskegee.” We posed the same set of lighthearted questions to Chesney and McGraw backstage and felt the “Brother”-ly love and sense of competition.

CHESNEY

In a foot race I could outrun Tim McGraw by. . .

I think I could beat him by at least two-and-a-half seconds.

I wish I was as good as Tim McGraw at. . .

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Balancing career and family.

The Tim McGraw song I wish I had written is. . .

“Please Remember Me,” my favorite song by him.

Secretly, Lionel liked you better than he liked Tim, right?

(Laughs.) All I can say is Lionel and I had a great time in the studio. I was really proud to be a part of that.

Taylor Swift wrote a song called “Tim McGraw.” If somebody were to write a song called “Kenny Chesney” who should it be?

Well it depends on what the song is about. (Laughs.) Grace Potter.

What do you do when you want to “feel like a rock star”?

Ironically, it’s what I do when I don’t want to. I love being with family and friends on a boat listening to Bob Marley and watching the sun move across the sky. That is rock star-ish but it’s not work. The reason that song works and why everybody is out in the parking lot right now is because that’s what they’re doing to get away from what they do Monday through Friday. I have to have that.

MCGRAW

In a footrace I could outrun Kenny Chesney by. . .

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A lot. I’m sure he said he’d beat me. (Laughs.) No way, he’s dreaming.

I wish I was as good as Kenny Chesney at. . .

Well he’s great at a lot of things. I think his attention to detail.

The Kenny Chesney song I wish I had written is. . .

“There Goes My Life.” It makes me cry every time I hear it.

You have a song that is named in your honor. If someone were to sing a song called “Kenny Chesney” who should it be?

Hmm. Billy Currington. (Laughs.)

Secretly, Lionel liked you better than he liked Kenny, right?

Well, why wouldn’t he? (Laughs.) That was fun. He’s one of the genuinely nicest people in this business that I’ve ever met.

What do you do to “feel like a rock star”?

I think putting my hat on. It’s sort of like Superman’s cape.

Sarah Rodman can be reached at srodman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeRodman.

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