Tim McGraw Celebrates a Decade of Swampstock

Def Leppard Drummer Joins Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Others at Charity Event

RAYVILLE, La. — He didn’t get sick onstage this year, and there was no hurricane, but Tim McGraw’s 10th annual Swampstock celebrity softball game on Saturday (Oct. 30) did have one glitch: a wardrobe malfunction.

About three innings into the game, McGraw started fussing with the zipper on his skin-tight baseball pants, much to the delight of fans watching nearby. After repeatedly trying to fix the problem, he finally gave up and changed into another pair right there on the first base line while his band members crowded around him.

“Where else was I gonna go?” McGraw quipped to CMT News after the game. “But that’s the good thing about having a large band: They can make a great screen around you.”

The game and concert, originally scheduled for Sept. 19, were postponed because of hurricane Ivan. At the 2003 Swampstock, McGraw’s concert was cut short when he became ill onstage.

On hand for this year’s event were Faith Hill, Martina McBride, the Warren Brothers, Trent Willmon and Jeff Bates. Halfway through McGraw’s headlining set, he brought out Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who is the brother of McGraw’s tour manager, Robert Allen. Rick climbed behind the drums, and the entire lineup gathered back onstage for some group karaoke, belting out Def Leppard hits “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages.”

Proceeds from Swampstock support youth sports and scholarships in Rayville, where McGraw attended high school. He and Hill met some of the scholarship recipients before the game, and they both gave credit to the people of Rayville for the success of the program.

“For 10 years, this community and those who live around here have been traveling to see this event and bring those kids education and baseball fields,” Hill said. “It’s just phenomenal.”

“All I do is show up and do a show,” McGraw said. “It’s these guys who buy the tickets, and the money comes out of their pockets. It’s a great area, and there’s a lot of great people around here. I’m just lucky I have a name I can put out there and have people come.”