Born in Louisiana, Tim McGraw spent his childhood playing sports and was especially fond of baseball. His biological father was a professional baseball player “Tug” McGraw, whom he learned about when he was 11 years old. By the time he was headed off to college, Tim had lost interest in baseball and instead decided to earn a law degree.
Inspired by the Al Pacino film And Justice for All, Tim McGraw started taking law courses at Northeast Louisiana State University. His aspirations didn’t stay with the field of law, however, and he eventually changed course again. He bought a guitar at a pawn shop and learned how to play, as his interest in music was far greater than his interest in law. Read More ...
In discussing his college life and decision to do music full-time, Tim told Dave McKenna of the Washington Post, “The only thing I learned in college was how to float a keg, and I didn’t figure that was going to get me too far. So even though it was kind of scary, I wasn’t giving up much. I thought I could make it.”
And make it he did. Although his 1993 debut album was not successful, his subsequent release, Not a Moment Too Soon, was the biggest selling country record of 1994.