Tim McGraw and Faith Hill each have an impressive catalog of hit songs to their credit but their love of country music started a long time ago. During a recent press conference announcing their Las Vegas shows, the couple revealed which artists inspired them to start singing country music before they were household names. Tim’s introduction to the genre came while trekking across states with his stepfather.
“For me it goes way back,” he said. “I have to say Merle Haggard originally was my hero. If I had a desert island and was going to listen to a record, it would be Merle Haggard. My stepdad was a truck driver. I spent a lot of time as a 4- and 5-year-old in an 18-wheeler hauling cotton seed across Louisiana and Texas and listening to eight-tracks of Merle and Charlie Rich and George Jones.”
“For me, the first introductory into country music was ‘Delta Dawn,’” Faith said. “Then Tammy Wynette was the first country album. My first ever album was Elvis and he was essentially my first concert in Jackson, Miss., in 1975. I was eight years old. But Tammy Wynette, George Jones and of course George Strait. I still go out and buy his albums. And Reba.”
Tim and Faith just announced they will perform together at The Venetian® Las Vegas for 10 weekends between December 7, 2012 and March 27, 2013. A ticket pre-sale is underway now and tickets for the general public go on sale Monday, Aug. 13.