Tim McGraw Is Shy . . . Until He Puts On the Cowboy Hat

TIM MCGRAW certainly looks like he owns the stage when he’s out there.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Back in the early days he used a specific prop to beef up his courage.

He says  “I’m shy, so in the beginning of my career I put the cowboy hat on.  Stepping up in front of the microphone, it was a different persona.  It was almost like developing a character.  It’s like Superman’s cape.”

He says it’s still the thing that changes him from being a regular guy to a country star.   “I always say . . . when I put the hat on at night, it just changes everything that I do.”

But some insecurities never completely go away.  Here’s what would go through his mind every night as the walk-up music played during the Soul 2 Soul Tour.

“I’m thinking, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to find it tonight, is it going to come?’  And Faith [Hill] and I look at each other and we sort of fist bump . . . and as soon as that thing starts coming up and you hear it, [then] all right there it is.  It’s here.”