Tim McGraw, whose country career is still going steady after nearly 20 years, says that when he made the decision five years ago to stop drinking, it was for his family; but the effects that decision have had on his creativity and energy are extra benefits, as well. After replacing alcohol with weight training and exercise, he says the change in his body was huge.
"I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run. Working out is a great way to go out on stage," he says. "When I hit the stage, my adrenaline is going and I'm ready."
McGraw, whose wife is country starlet Faith Hill, says he feels he's in a good place in his life and is excited for the release of his new album, Two Lanes Of Freedom, because it represents not so much a continuation of his career but the beginning of a new chapter.
"I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I've done, it's a new beginning of the things I am going to do. I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life," he said.
The country crooner and Hill have enjoyed a 16-year marriage and have three daughters together. Two Lanes Of Freedom is due out on February 5th.