Tim McGraw: Childhood Fuels His Artistic Drive
He also talks about becoming a father of teenage daughters.
Tim recently appeared on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, a show that helped him trace his familial roots. “It just gives you a very profound look at where you came from in your heritage,” Tim reflects about the episode. “I didn’t know much about the McGraw side of the family because of they way I grew up, and I had no idea that we were a true American family that was here before the American Revolution, that I had relatives that were instrumental in settling this country and building it up," he tells The Palm Beach Post.
Tim's estrangement from his late father, baseball player Tug McGraw, is a well-documented one, though the father and son had a close relationship in Tug's later years. “I read a book one time that really hit home for me. A guy was saying, ‘Well, you know what it’s like between a father and a son,’ and the guy said, ‘I don’t know anything about a father-son relationship.’ That struck home because I don’t," Tim explains. "I really don’t have any sort of baseline for what a father-son relationship is like.
“I think as a kid who grew up without a father—or in my case with several fathers, some of whom were pretty abusive—I think that’s something I’ll always be searching for, like I missed something," he continues. "But there’s no anger involved. Look, had anything been any different I wouldn’t be here. And it’s fuel for my artistic drive, in a lot of ways."
It also fuels his drive to be an excellent father to his three daughters, Gracie, Maggie and Audrey. He tries to fly to more of his tour dates, so that he can spend more time at home with his family. “The girls have a pretty good social life, so I don’t really stay out [on the road] any longer. I fly out at 3 in the afternoon, go do my show and fly back, and I’m home by 1. I’ll go out every now and then for a three- or four-day run, but most of the time I fly in and out.” Tim's daughter Gracie will soon turn 14, while his daughter Maggie will be 13 this summer. “There’s a lot of estrogen around my house,” he notes with a laugh. “I tell my friends by the end of the summer I’ll have two teenage daughters in my house so I’ll officially become an idiot.”