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Tim McGraw Describes Faith Hill: “Her Honesty Can Be Blunt, but It’s Refreshing”
Tim McGraw is set to release his 16th album titled “Standing Room Only” this upcoming Friday, and he likens the recording process of the project to a form of therapy.
“I consider myself fortunate because music serves as a form of catharsis for me,” he expressed. “The studio environment allows me to take these exceptional songs and use them as a means to address my emotional baggage. It’s a true blessing. As long as I continue to evolve, learn, and enhance my skills with each studio session—whether it’s in terms of sound, vocals, or song selection—I’m content. The day I feel stagnant and sense that I’m not progressing, that’s when I’ll consider stepping back. I never want to be trapped in a cycle of repetition.”
McGraw recently engaged in an extensive conversation with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. During their discussion, they delved into McGraw’s new album, the significance of songwriting, advocating for his beliefs, and even touched on the contentious track “Try That In A Small Town” by Jason Aldean, a song that McGraw has yet to hear.
“I can share based on my own experiences that the small town I grew up in was a wonderful place populated by amazing individuals from diverse backgrounds who coexisted harmoniously,” he explained. “I have no recollection of encountering any negative aspects related to race or ethnicity in the context of my hometown. That’s the extent of my personal perspective. I don’t possess the necessary insight to comment knowledgeably on another artist’s music.”
However, Tim McGraw and his spouse Faith Hill chose not to raise their three daughters in a similarly small locale. Instead, they constructed a robust family foundation that, to some extent, emulated the sense of a close-knit community. McGraw recounted his experiences coaching multiple sports teams for his daughters, organizing tailgate parties, hosting gatherings for 15 teenage girls at their residence, and simply being known as Mr. and Mrs. McGraw.
“We’re content with our family of five,” he expressed. “We’re an extremely close-knit unit. Our youngest daughter, who is now 21, initiated a family text during her high school days where we all exchange goodnight messages and, over time, it has evolved into exchanging 50 to 60 texts daily among the five of us—sharing videos and expressing love. Having a firm family foundation provides a platform for growth and the freedom to explore various avenues. When Faith and I got married and decided to start a family, we had achieved a certain level of success that allowed us to select our work schedules. We strategically organized our commitments around our family life, and our children accompanied us while traveling until school began. Once school commenced, we primarily focused on our family. This approach instilled confidence in us; if we could handle our family dynamics successfully, we believed we could tackle anything.”
McGraw shared with Lowe that he and Hill also rely on each other’s creative input, and Hill doesn’t shy away from giving him candid feedback when she believes adjustments are necessary in his music.
“She’s quite candid, although it might come across as tough,” he remarked. “In my opinion, she’s one of the greatest artists and vocalists of all time. We have distinct artistic styles. Our musical preferences diverge, yet there’s also a lot of overlap. I frequently share the songs I plan to record with her, and I keep her updated with the ongoing mix of the tracks. Of course, there are instances where our viewpoints diverge. She’s often right about her insights, and I usually have a solid grasp of my own intentions. But for the most part, we find common ground.”