Tim McGraw’s Family Motivated Him To Change His Lifestyle


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW ALREADY
IN PROGRESS! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
MY FIRST GUEST IS A THREE-TIME GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER WHO
HAS SOLD OVER 50 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE. HIS NEW BOOK IS “GRIT AND
GRACE.” PLEASE WELCOME, TIM MCGRAW. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>RIGHT ON!>>Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>YOU, TOO. HOW ARE YOU?>>Stephen: I’M DOING WELL,
HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>I’M DOING FANTASTIC.>>Stephen: LAST TIME YOU WERE
ON HERE YOU WERE HERE WITH YOUR CO-AUTHOR JON MEACHAM.>>I WAS CARRYING HIM.>>Stephen: EXACTLY. TRYING TO TEACH HIM A FEW
THINGS ABOUT HISTORY.>>Stephen: EXACTLY. I THINK OF YOU AS AN AUTHOR. YOU HAVE A BOOK WITH MEACHAM,
NOW YOU HAVE “GRIT AND GRACE,” WHICH WE’LL GET TO IN JUST A
MOMENT.>>IT’S THE SEQUEL TO “GETS AND
GRAVY.”>>Stephen: YOU WILL NEED THIS
BOOK. YOU WILL NEED THIS BOOK AFTER
THE “GRITS AND GRAVY.” NOW, HOW IS YOUR COWBOY HAT? BECAUSE WE LOVE HAVING YOU ON
THE SHOW, BUT MY LIGHTING GUY LOVES HAVING YOUR COWBOY HAT ON.>>IT HIDES MY EYES.>>Stephen: EXACTLY. I WALKED OUT OF THE HOTEL —
WHO KNEW PAPARAZZI SMOKED SO MUCH DOPE? ( LAUGHTER )
YOU DID? OKAY, BECAUSE I’M TELLING YOU,
IT WAS PERMEATING THE PLACE WHEN I WALKED OUT. AND IT’S NOT AN EXCUSE, TRUST
ME. I’M NOT COVERING FOR MYSELF, BUT
THEY WERE LIT UP.>>Stephen: YEAH. AND WERE THEY UPSET THAT YOU
WEAR A HAT BECAUSE YOU COVER YOUR FACE?>>IT’S BEEN PART OF MY ROUTINE
FOR A LONG TIME. I GREW UP IN LOUISIANA. I WAS AN ATHLETE AND PART OF MY
TIME I SPENT IN HIGH SCHOOL RODEO.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS YOUR
EVENT?>>I WAS A BARE BACK RIDER.>>Stephen: HOW ABOUT IN THE
RODEO, WHAT DID YOU DO? ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>>IT WASN’T VERY GOOD BUT
THAT’S WHAT I DID.>>Stephen: YOU WEREN’T VERY
GOOD? HOW ABOUT IN THE RODEO?>>STILL NOT VERY GOOD AT EITHER
ONE. BUT I TRY HARD. I KEEP TRYING.>>Stephen: I BET, I BET. I’VE GOT THREE KIDS. YOU KNOW, SOMETHING WORKED.>>Stephen:
( PIANO RIFF ) ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: SOMETHING WORKED. I FEEL VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.>>I BROUGHT YOU A PRESENT.>>Stephen: BROUGHT ME A
COWBOY HAT RIGHT HERE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AM I BEARING THAT LOW ENOUGH?>>YEAH, IT’S JUST RIGHT, MAN. YOU CAN MAKE A RECORD NOW. THERE YOU GO. IT’S A LITTLE SMALL.>>Stephen: IT IS A LITTLE
SMALL. I’VE GOT A LARGER HEAD THAN YOU.>>WELL, YOU’VE HAD A LOT MORE
SUCCESS.>>Stephen: I HAVE NOT SOLD
50 MILLION ALBUMS — YET. I DON’T THINK THESE GO WITH IT. I DON’T THINK THE GLASSES GO
WITH IT.>>TAKE THE GLASSES OFF. NOW YOU’RE COOL. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL YOU KNOW WHO WE CALL THIS MAN OVER HERE, WE
CALL HIM THE JAZZ COWBOY.>>RIGHT ON, MAN. HE’S FANTASTIC.>>Stephen: YEAH. THAT WHOLE BAND IS FANTASTIC. ARE YOU KID MEG? KILLER. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF COUNTRY MUSIC, I’M GUESSING
YOUR WHOLE LIFE, BUT YOU HIT THE SCENE IN 1992. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST EXPOSED? I ASSUME YOU GROWING UP IN
LOUISIANA YOU HEARD FRIT AN EARLY AGE.>>MY MOM WORKED AT SORT OF A
BUS STOP CAFE WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG BEFORE SHE GOT MARRIED. I WAS LESS THAN A YEAR OLD AND I
WAS IN A PLAYPEN SITTING NEXT TO A JUKEBOX. AND WHEN SHE MET MY STEP-DAD —
>>Stephen: ARE YOU WRITING A COUNTRY SONG NOW? SOUNDS LIKE A HIT.>>MY STEP-DAD DROVE AN 18
WHILER AND I REMEMBER I WAS FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN YEARS OLD
RIDING IN AN 18 WHEELER AND HAULING COTTON ACROSS LOUISIANA
AND TEXAS AND LISTENING TO GEORGE JUNE AND MEL AND CHARLIE
PRIDE EIGHT TRACKS AND THAT WAS MY YOUNGEST INTRODUCTION TO
COUNTRY MUSIC.>>Stephen: DID YOU SAY MERYL
STREEP?>>SHE PROBABLY SOLD MORE
RECORDS THAN I DO. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU SING ON STAGE?>>I WAS IN A PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
IN JIGGER, LOUISIANA. IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF COTTON
FIELDS LIKE A WHITE CLAPBOARD CHURCH AND THAT’S WHERE WE WENT
TO CHURCH ALL THE TIME. A KID NAMED JOEY AND I GOT IN A
FIGHT OVER THE MICROPHONE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH SINGING THIS
LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE.>>Stephen: LET ME GUESS WHO
WON.>>I WON, YEAH.>>Stephen: WOW. BUT MUSIC AND CHURCH HAVE
BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE MOVED
INTO THE BIG TOWN OF RAYVILLE OUT OF JIGGER, LOUISIANA.>>Stephen: SURE, THAT’S BIG
TIME. THEY HAD A STOPLIGHT, RIGHT?>>RAYVILLE HAD A COUPLE OF
STOPLIGHTS, BUT JIG DIDN’T HAVE ANY, AND STARK WHERE I ENDED UP
LATER HAD ONE CAUTION LIGHT. AFTER THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH FOR
A LONG TIME, WE’RE STANDING UP ON THE PEWS, WE’RE SINGING,
HANDS RAISED, EVERYBODY IS CLAPPING, OUR AUNT BARBARA TAKES
US TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF RAYVILLE. I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD. MY LITTLE SISTER WAS THREE AND I
DON’T KNOW EVEN KNOW IF MY YOUNGER SISTER WAS BORN YET. WE GO TO CHURCH AND WERE SITTING
IN THE PEWS AND WE WERE JUMPING ON THE PEWS SINGING AND
CLAPPING. MY AUNT NEARLY HAD A HEART
ATTACK AND SAID YOU CAN’T DO THAT IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,
THAT’S ONLY FOR THE PENTECOSTAL UMP CH. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: DID YOU KNOW YOU WOULD BE A SINGER AT A YOUNG
AGE?>>I WAS AN ATHLETE GROWING UP. I KNEW EVERY SONG ON THE RADIO. I PLAYED SPORTS ALL THROUGH HIGH
SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN’T GROW
ENOUGH TO PURSUE ATHLETICS.>>Stephen: YOU’RE PRETTY BIG
GUY.>>WELL, OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND
INTO COLLEGE IS A DIFFERENT GAME. HAD A FEW OFFERS. GOT INTO COLLEGE, JOINED A
FRATERNITY, PICKED UP A GUITAR AND STARTED PLAYING. I WAS IN PRE-LAW IN COLLEGE,
BELIEVE IT OR NOT.>>Stephen: I BELIEVE IT. WHAT I’M FIGURING OUT IS NOW
I’VE BEEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, I’VE PAID MORE LAWYERS
THROUGHOUT MY CAREER THAN I WOULD HAVE MADE IN THREE
LIFETIMES AS A LAWYER.>>Stephen: YOU’VE GOT THE NEW
BOOK, IT’S CALLED “GRIT AND GRACE,” AND THIS IS — IS THIS
YOUR LIFESTYLE AND FITNESS ROUTINE?>>IT IS, AND IT’S A LITTLE BIT
OF MY STORY, A LITTLE BIT OF, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE LOW PARTS
OF MY LIFE AND SOME OF THE DRIVING INFLUENCES I HAD OF WHY
I DECIDED TO GET INTO SHAPE AND WHY I DECIDED TO START TAKING
CARE OF MYSELF HALFWAY THROUGH.>>Stephen: YOU ARE IN SHAPE. LET ME SHOW YOU A COUPLE OF
EXAMPLES, UNLESS YOU WANT TO JUST RIP OFF THE SHIRT RIGHT
NOW, BECAUSE — ( CHEERING )
HERE’S YOU ABOUT TO BOOT STOMP AN AUDIENCE FOR SOME REASON. THAT’S EITHER JUMPING IN OR OUT,
NOT ENTIRELY SURE.>>JUMPING ACROSS.>>Stephen: JUMPING ACROSS THE
AUDIENCE. AND THIS IS —
>>THIS IS YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE, RIGHT?>>Stephen:.>>Stephen: THIS IS, RIGHT
HERE — ( CHEERING )
TIM McGRAW, BIG QUESTION, IS THIS A RECENT PHOTO?>>LAST TWO YEARS AGO ON TOUR.>>Stephen: OKAY. YOU ARE IN YOUR 50s.>>I’M 52.>>Stephen: STOP IT. JUST ON BEHALF OF OTHER
50-YEAR-OLD MEN, PLEASE STOP. WHY NEED YOU DO THIS?>>HAVE YOU SEEN MY WIFE?>>Stephen: I HAVE SEEN YOUR
WIFE. SHE’S HERE RIGHT THERE.>>I WANT TO HANG ON TO HER.>>Stephen: THE THING IS ABOUT
THIS, HAS THIS ALWAYS BEEN THE WAY YOU ARE OR IS THIS LATE
ONSET AB-ING? DOES THIS COME IN LIKE WISDOM
TEETH LATE ON IN LIFE?>>WHEN YOU PHOTO SHOP AN ALBUM
COVER, THAT’S WHAT THAT IS.>>Stephen: SO WHY DID YOU GET
IN SHAPE?>>I SPENT A LOT OF TIME LIVING
THE WRONG LIFESTYLE ON THE ROAD AND NOT TAKING CARE OF MYSELF
LIKE I SHOULD. I HAD A GREAT LIFE. I WAS DOING MOVIES, SELLING
RECORDS.>>Stephen: YEAH. I WAS SELLING RECORDS BACK IN
THE DAY, TICKETS WERE GREAT, AND I WASN’T TAKING CARE OF MYSELF
AND I WASN’T LIVING UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS OF MY FAMILY AND
THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED FOR ME.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS THE
MOMENT, THOUGH.>>A COUPLE OF MOMENTS. WHEN YOUR WIFE TELLS YOU YOU
NEED TO GET YOUR — YOUR STUFF TOGETHER —
>>Stephen: YEAH. YOU TEND TO TRY TO GET IT
TOGETHER.>>Stephen: I’VE HAD THAT
CONVERSATION. ( LAUGHTER )
>>EXACTLY. I TOOK MY KIDS TO A HOLIDAY
MOVIE, I WAS SITTING THERE WATCHING THE MOVIE. I HAD JUST DONE A MOVIE AND
DIDN’T EXPECT MINE TO SHOW UP. WE SIT THERE AND THE FIRST THING
THAT CAME ON THE SCREEN IS THE MOVIE I HAD JUST DONE AND MY
FACE WAS ON A 100′ FOOT SCREEN AND MY DAUGHTER LOOKS OVER AT ME
AND SAID, JEEZ, DAD, YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING.>>Stephen: HOW OLD WAS SHE? HE’S 22 NOW, SO PROBABLY 11
YEARS OLD AT THE TIME.>>Stephen: THAT SOUNDS RIGHT. BUT IT SAID A LOT MORE TO ME
THAN JUST JEEZ, DAD, YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING. IT SAID TO ME I NEED TO PAY
ATTENTION TO MY LI LIFESTYLE AND SHE THOUGHT I NEEDED TO CHANGE
SOMETHING AND CHANGE THE WAY I WAS CONDUCTING MYSELF.>>Stephen: AND YOU DID IT,
WROTE IT DOWN IN A BOOK AND YOU CAN LIVE THE SAME LIFESTYLE
YOURSELF. “GRIT AND GRACE” IS AVAILABLE
NOW. TIM McGRAW, EVERYBODY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH
SENATOR SHERROD BROWN!

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