Major Rodeo Concert Surprise
Faith Hill drama? Tim McGraw brings a surprise woman to the Houston Rodeo — and flashes some skin
For us regular folk, being two places at once just isn't possible. But for the recent Oscar performer Tim McGraw, it is easy as cake. Or at least fried Oreos.
McGraw took the Houston Rodeo rotating stage for his eighth go-round Tuesday and the veteran status was fully intact, as he played the longest concert (16 songs) of the extravaganza thus far. Around the same time, his hilarious appearance on the new comic reality show Repeat After Me (the one inspired by Ellen DeGeneres)aired on ABC.
Yes, Tim McGraw is everywhere.
In person, the country music superstar looked even skinnier than last year in his incredibly tight jeans, cowboy boots and hat — and a buttoned half-way down oxford blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up. The 68,016 in attendance got to see the real good man perform some of the best songs of his career.
With McGraw having performed for over two and a half decades, it would stand to reason this singer, songwriter, and actor would be pretty predictable and routine, and he was. But just a little bit.
"I've done a lot of cool things in my life, but singing with my cousin is one of them."
Heading onto the dirt during "Mexicoma," the Louisiana native stayed out there greeting fans for three songs. He walked around and gave high-fives to the fans whose cellphone selfie hopes weren't in the way and even took a seat on the metal barricade giving one section a more intimate concert experience.
Halfway through the concert, the guy with three Grammys, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards and 10 AMA Awards finally took a moment to introduce himself. As if it were needed.
"My name's Tim — I wanna thank y'all for having me and my boys here this evening," he said. Which was of course greeted with huge applause.
Against all hope and speculation, McGraw's wife Faith Hill did not make an appearance. But he did have a female family member join him for his new hit "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools."
"I've done a lot of cool things in my life, but singing with my cousin is one of them," McGraw said before introducing his cousin Catherine Dunn . . . all the way from Austin.
"Y'all give it to my cousin, that's one hell of a singer right there," McGraw said.
Tuesday night was more than just a 16-song set list for McGraw (the longest yet at the Rodeo this year on a night which ran late thanks to a late start). Just before the show, McGraw tweeted a picture of himself with (Rodeo cowboy legend) Trevor Brazile and added "20x world champ. This guy is the real deal."
With 16 songs to get through — both old and new — there wasn't much time for small talk though. It was all about the music. As it should be with a veteran performer like Tim McGraw.
The night's highlights had to be (yet again) when McGraw changed the lyrics of "Southern Girl" to "Texas Girl." As cliche as it may be, we all know by now, "Ain't nothing in the whole wide world like a Texas girl."
Can I get an amen?
Tim McGraw's Rodeo Set List:
One of Those Nights
Real Good Man
I Like It
Diamond Rings and Old Barstools
BBQ Stain on White T-Shirt
Live Like You Were Dying