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(AUDIO) Tim McGraw Learns From His Opening Acts

June 30, 2013

Tim McGraw has been touring for over 20 years but he says he’s always still learning. “I feel that when I stop learning how to do something, like stop learning how it is what I do, then I probably shouldn’t do it anymore,” says Tim. “Every act I see, every song I hear on the radio, every new artist that I see, every video I see, I always learn something new from everybody. Sometimes you learn a lot. Your eyes are open sometimes to such that you didn’t realize. I don’t think there’s ever been an artist I’ve listened to that I hadn’t learned something from. Sometimes you learn what not to do. But more often than not, you learn what to do and things to do better.”

Some of the people he learns from include his opening acts, like Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft who are out with him now on his Two Lanes of Freedom Tour. Tim says Brantley, “He rocks, man. He reminds me like of Hank, Jr. when Hank, Jr. was just at his prime and out there just smoking… He walks out with that kind of swagger and that attitude that all artists wish they had.”

Tim, who just released his new single, “Southern Girl,” doesn’t feel threatened by new artists or artists who are innovative and raising the bar. “I like artists that come into the format and up the game for everybody and push everybody along,” he says. “I don’t think that anybody wants to just sort of stay status quo and wants everybody to come in and stay status quo. I think any artist wants people to come in and bring in fresh ideas and fresh music and fresh energy and push us along too.”


Listen to and download the full audio clip below:



Tim McGraw – learning from opening acts :51

“I learn all the time. I mean, I feel that when I stop learning how to do something, like stop learning how it is what I do, then I probably shouldn’t do it anymore. Every act I see, every song I hear on the radio, every new artist that I see, every video I see, I always learn something new from everybody. Sometimes you learn a lot. Your eyes are open sometimes to such that you didn’t realize. Yeah, I don’t think there’s ever been an artist I’ve listened to that I hadn’t learned something from. Sometimes you learn what not to do. But more often than not, you learn what to do and things to do better. And they push you. I like artists that come into the format and up the game for everybody and push everybody along. I don’t think that anybody wants to just sort of stay status quo and wants everybody to come in and stay status quo. I think any artist wants people to come in and bring in fresh ideas and fresh music and fresh energy and push us along too.”



Tim McGraw – Brantley Gilbert :12

“Oh yeah, he rocks, man. He reminds me like of Hank, Jr. when Hank, Jr. was just at his prime and out there just smoking. That’s what Brantley reminds me of and just – he walks out with that kind of swagger and that attitude that all artists wish they had.”

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