During a recent interview with USA Today on April 28, McGraw explained that between having wrapped filming on Paramount+ Yellowstone prequel, 1883 and working on a new album, he’s hoping he won’t forget the lyrics to any of his songs onstage while touring.
“After having [the 1883] script in my head and now I’m working on a new album as well, the toughest thing is probably going to be remembering the words when we get on stage,” McGraw admitted. “But I feel like it will come back quickly,” he said.
In addition, McGraw shared if his wife, Hill, will be stopping by his tour at all.
“She’ll be hanging out on tour, for sure,” he said. “We spend, gosh, 98% percent of our time together. We’re homebodies and we’re empty nesters with our three daughters. We were joking the other night as we were hanging out watching TV that it kinda feels like we’re kids with the parents gone now. So, she’ll probably enjoy a little break from me,” he joked.
McGraw also discussed if he and Hill picked up any wagoneering skills from filming 1883, and if so, who’s the better wagon driver. McGraw said his wagoneering skills are “average,” while wife, Faith “became the expert,” as she spent most of her time driving the wagon.
McGraw reacted to filming one wagon scene in particular, sharing that it took place on he and his wife’s 25th wedding anniversary.
“The scene where we’re crossing the river, she hauled out on that wagon as I’m swimming on the horse trying to keep up. She had more fun doing that than anything,” he explained. “I was scared to death for it. We did that scene at 3:30 a.m. in, like, 36-degree weather. We were soaked. And it was our 25th wedding anniversary.”
When asked by USA Today how they celebrated the momentous milestone, McGraw said he and wife, Faith went home and went to sleep in preparation for their next 1883 shoot, adding that they definitely had an “exciting” anniversary.
McGraw also got a surprise from his wife this past Sunday (May 1). While preparing to play a show, Hill brought out a birthday cake for her husband and had his crew serenade him with a rendition of “happy birthday” in honor of his 55th birthday. In a reel posted by McGraw to Instagram, his tour opening acts, Russell Dickerson, Alexandra Kay, and Brandon Davis even joined in on the fun.
“Wow, thanx for all the birthday love out there!,” McGraw wrote, tagging his tour mates Dickerson, Kay, Davis, and wife, Hill.