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Tim McGraw Dishes on His Dad, Family and His Return to Las Vegas

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Tim McGraw certainly wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. The son of the the late baseball great Tug McGraw was raised by his mother in a low-income neighborhood in Louisiana, and knew his biological father only by what he saw on TV.

“It was a little strange. I grew up in poor circumstances,” the singer tells the Huffington Post. “I remember watching the World Series games, and being 13 years old, and sort of lucky that we could pay the light bill to have the TV on to watch the World Series games, so it was a little strange dichotomy.”

But McGraw, who got to know his father as an adult, and spent time with him until he passed away from brain cancer in 2004, says his dad still deserves much of the credit for his own success. “It made me realize that I could do something with my life,” he explains. “He gave me something that he may not have ever known he gave me. He gave me a reason to think that I could make something out of my life, because he did.”

The 46-year-old is trying to be a better father to his three teenage daughters than his own father was, which is partly why he gave up alcohol five years ago. “As your kids get older, you start realizing that they look up to you in a lot of ways, and you want to be around for when they grow up,” he observes. “You want to be around to see how their lives turn out.”

McGraw, who just wrapped up his successful Two Lanes of Freedom tour, had his family in mind when he and his wife, Faith Hill, decided to continue performing their Soul2Soul show at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

“We don’t spend a lot of time there, because we fly back and forth,” the ‘Southern Girl’ singer explains. “We have three daughters who are in school. They send a great plane for us, we fly in to Vegas, do our shows and fly home. We get the best of all the worlds.”

In addition to performing in Sin City, McGraw is also filming a new movie role. A list of all of his upcoming Las Vegas shows can be found here.

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