Last Night: Tim McGraw At RodeoHouston

Tim McGraw Reliant Stadium March 7, 2011

Tim McGraw is the essence of modern country. Last night, he appeared onstage, donning boots, a big-ol', Texas-sized belt buckle, a red, white and blue plaid shirt and a dark black cowboy hat. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand, and he kept them there all night.

From the start of the show, fans were eager to dance along to McGraw's catchy lyrics advocating the Southern lifestyle set to pop-country melodies. He sang of women and miniskirts, barbecues and fishing, love, marriage and children. He's an old-fashioned, southern gal's dream, and he makes men want to be cowboys.

"It's good to be back in Houston, Texas," McGraw said from the stage. "Y'all look good... and man, them Texas girls are something else, aren't they?"

Unsurprisingly, the crowd screamed in agreement.


"This next one's from way back in 1996," McGraw said. "I hope y'all remember it... I hope I remember it!"

His next three songs, just like the first three, were played back to back to back, without interruption. They were upbeat, twangy and light-hearted. Then he changed the feel of his set entirely and brought the crowd to its feet with the gritty, rebellious anthem, "Indian Outlaw," a song that makes men feel manly and women swoon.

The heavy riffs of "Outlaw" weren't the only reason fans rose from their seats. During the next song, "I Like It, I Love It," McGraw left the stage and began slowly walking toward the side of Reliant Stadium as everyone on the west end of the arena rose to their feet, anticipating the handshakes and high-fives McGraw would undoubtedly give them.

He even made a point to pound fists with a few young boys who could barely see past their sisters and mothers, who were crowding the gates as the country icon walked around the field. McGraw spent three whole songs offstage, getting his boots dirty as his fans screamed in appreciation and chanted along to his songs.

Some even got the chance to scream into the microphone as he held it in front of the crowd while sauntering around the field.

McGraw finally made his way back to the stage as "Real Good Man" came to a close, though the song ran a good three or four minutes longer than its album counterpart on account of the singer's desire to shake hands with and give hugs to as many fans as he could.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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