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McGraw feeds off Aussie energy

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From singing in church as a kid to releasing 15 studio albums in the country music capital, Tim McGraw has seen it all.

But nothing compares to the energy from his Australian fanbase.

“The thing about Aussies that has impressed me every time I’ve played there is certainly their knowledge of the music; knowing the music and knowing the lyrics,” McGraw says.
“That’s something, as an artist, when you see an audience – especially an audience that’s not in America – that digs in and really feels what you’re saying… that’s something pretty special.”

Hunter punters will get the chance to rock out to McGraw’s music when the country music icon performs a headline show at Hope Estate, Pokolbin on Friday 4 October off the back of the Country 2 Country festivals in Sydney and Brisbane in September.

Fans can expect to hear some new material, such as the hit single Thought About You, as well as others from McGraw’s discography.

“When I walk on stage, I’m sort of entering a contract with the audience to release reality for a little while,” he adds.

It’s a far cry from his origins in Louisiana, where he remembers vividly riding in his stepdad’s truck when he was five or six years old, hauling cotton feed through Louisiana and Texas.

“Driving down the highway and listening to 8-tracks of Merle Haggard and George Jones, Charlie Rich and Charlie Pride – five or six years later I could sing you every song on those 8-tracks,” he recalls.

He picked up a guitar and started playing in restaurants and bars. Before too long, his family encouraged him to move to Nashville.

“One day I talked to my mum and she said, ‘I don’t know why you haven’t done it already’,” he says.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Tickets to McGraw’s Hope Estate show are available via ticketek.com.au

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