How Tim McGraw Got His Career Start in Nashville

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In an interview with Taste of Country, country music star Tim McGraw revealed how he went about kicking off his music career in Nashville’s highly competitive atmosphere.

Heading into his college years, the athletic Louisiana native had scholarship offers to play baseball, basketball, and football. His father, Tug McGraw, was a relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. While his father was widely known in the sports community, Tim chose to purse a musical path and chose to attend Northeast Louisiana University.

“I sang with a group called the Electones and that paid for my college for the first couple of semesters, but I had to take a music theory class and I still can’t read a note of music to this day,” McGraw admitted to the outlet. “I faked through two semesters of that and finally I couldn’t fake it through anymore and I had to drop out of that singer group because I couldn’t get through music theory class.”

Following his college career, McGraw made an acoustic demo and gave a copy to his famous father. Curb Records executives heard it and recommended he contact the owner directly.

“I tried for weeks to get an appointment with him and he kept being busy, so I finally just walked into his office one day and trapped him, and that’s how I got a record deal,” the star shared.

That bold move paid off big time. In 1993, the future country music hit-maker dropped his self-titled debut album with the label. So far, McGraw has sold over 75 million records worldwide and is currently on his 2018 Soul2Soul World Tour with Faith Hill.

2018 Soul2Soul World Tour Schedule Remaining Dates 

June 29 — Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena

June 30 — Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena

July 6 — Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center

July 7 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

July 8 — Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Arena

July 10 — Grand Forks, ND @ Ralph Engelstad Arena

July 13 — Seattle, WA @ Key Arena

July 14 — Eugene, OR @ Matthew Night Arena

July 18 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

July 20 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Arena

July 21 — Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

July 22 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

To learn more about tour dates and locations, visit McGraw’s official website here.

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