OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Gets Handcuffs Off

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In a recent interview with radio station WUSN/Chicago, Tim McGraw managed to pack about 20 minutes worth of personal information into a six-minute chat. For instance, he is very low maintenance. He said he’s only had one facial in his life and that he gives himself manicures by biting his nails. And he never Googles himself because he can barely turn a computer on. And his daughters have outgrown his coaching style now that they are in real sports at school. And he’d like to have an Italian beef sandwich dipped in gravy from Al’s Beef in Chicago after seeing the restaurant featured on TV’s Man v. Food series. Oh, and he casually mentioned that he’s no longer in the movie Safe House. He explained, “The movie’s being filmed in South Africa and we would’ve had to move 28 shows.” (Good call, McGraw.) But what piqued my curiosity the most was when he finally got around to talking about the music he’s going to be making next. He said he is going to “get the handcuffs off a bit” and talked about how his relationship with his record label has run its course.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.