Tim McGraw is omnipresent on the airwaves these days, working the media blitz for his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom, which dropped this week. Beyond the buoyant smile, buff new body, and bright hopes on the horizon for what’s to come in his career, the superstar has an even better grip on all that matters in life after gaining focus with sobriety. He talked about it as easily as he used to turn to a drink with the “Tonight Show” host, Jay Leno.
Engaging in the expected Super Bowl talk, Tim admitted to hedging a bit on the big day, describing how he was pulling for the Baltimore Ravens because of his “Blind Side” connections to Michael Oher and the Touhy family who took him in as an impoverished teen. “I wanted to see him complete that journey,” the singer touchingly described, “But I bet on San Francisco.” The conversation quickly turned to McGraw’s makeover, which Jay had no trouble making gaga over from the People magazine spread, as Tim described the shot of his eight pack abs taking massive amounts of Hollywood input just to keep his pants on, for which Leno gave thanks. As the topic turned to the reason for the healthier, not to mention hotter, look, as the singer sold out to sobriety five years ago, humility took over. “I’m no expert,” Tim insisted, relating how some would say his problem with the bottle wasn’t so bad, but he knew it was interfering with things in his life, and the people who mattered most, wife Faith Hill, and their three daughters, who were old enough to see what the drinking was doing. “I just know that you have to keep focus, and for me, routines are important,” he stressed, describing how hours of physical workouts replaced requirements for alcohol, building his body as well as his confidence. The singer chose to embark on a tour immediately after his decision of clarity. “It was literally like stop drinking one day, and the tour the next day,” he described, and it wasn’t easy, but it lasted. The drunk texting to Faith ended, “You know you’re in trouble when you’re slurring your texts,” McGraw mocked. The singer’s new vigor brought a fresh vitality to his artistry, as well.
His new album is his first on Big Machine Records, the label virtually created by Taylor Swift, and it’s no coincidence that the girl with the song, “Tim McGraw” has a song with the namesake on his album, along with buddy, Keith Urban. The legal battles with his former label, Curb Records, now resolved, Tim is keeping his eyes on the horizons for what lies down the road, and he may be rolling a few semi-size tires around in his spare time, just to stay in shape!