OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Is Only 30 Percent In

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So this is how it’s going to be, then? If we want Tim McGraw and Faith Hill news, we have to read the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia? Whatever. I’ll go wherever I have to hear what’s next for the country couple. They will be touring Down Under in March but talked recently about what may happen between now and then. For Hill, she will have new music out, and it will sound, I think, more soulful. ”I was brought up in the church, and that was the first music I ever heard and ever performed,” she said. “I’ve tried to infuse that into my albums over the years, but I haven’t been able to do that until this one. I feel like I’ve dug a little deeper than previously. I fought for that space within myself, and I found it.” For McGraw, he says he will have new music out by March, too. ”I really feel like there’s a lot more ahead of me than behind me,” he said. “I’m really just starting to figure out what I want to do and the music I want to make. I’m only about 30 percent into my career. It’s been foothills until now.” If he’s saying the music he is going to make is even better than the music he’s already made, then March can’t get here soon enough.

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