Fans are Still Shocked by Tim McGraw’s Bearded New Look

Country superstar Tim McGraw took the stage at the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday evening, headlining…


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November 15, 2021


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Country superstar Tim McGraw took the stage at the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday evening, headlining the final night of the star-studded festival, and fans can’t stop talking about his new look. 

The Louisiana native is sporting a full beard for his role in the upcoming Yellowstone spinoff, 1883, and the beard has left some fans quite confused. 

“Someone call Faith n tell her to buy that man a razor lol not a fan of the beard at all 😖,” wrote one Facebook user. 

“Wow, that doesn’t even look like Tim McGraw with that beard 😟,” another shared. 

They clearly didn’t get the memo that McGraw is currently in the midst of filming 1883 and that the beard is for his character, James Dutton. The singer previously clarified why he looks so different these days, telling fans,  “Just so ya know, the beard is for ‘1883.’”

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The official trailer for the highly anticipated Yellowstone prequel arrived earlier this month and features McGraw and wife and Faith Hill as  James and Margaret Dutton protecting their land. 

The famous country couple recently opened up about their experience filming the show in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

During the interview, McGraw recalled the harsh conditions that he encountered while filming.

“It’s super dusty and super hot,” he said. “There’s no way around it. At the same time, it’s like every kid’s fantasy to do something like this, to put your chaps on, your cowboy hat, and your gun holsters every day. Then you get on a horse and try to survive this journey.”

Tim McGraw in 1883; Photo Courtesy Paramount +
Tim McGraw in 1883; Photo Courtesy Paramount +

The country hitmaker and “7500 OBO” singer then gushed over seeing his fearless wife in character. 

“To see my beautiful wife on horseback, firing guns, and having dirt all over her face, I just sit in awe,” McGraw gushed. “She’s a strong woman, anyway. Taylor said early on to me, ‘Man, you’ll just get on that horse. You’re not scared of anything.’ I said, ‘I’m scared of one thing. She’s right over there.’”

Faith Hill in 1883; Photo Courtesy Paramount Plus
Faith Hill in 1883; Photo Courtesy Paramount Plus

While McGraw did endure some tough, dusty conditions while filming, he wasn’t faced with the same challenges that his wife, Hill, was faced with, including the challenge of wearing a corset while horseback riding. 

“Although it looks amazing, it’s terrible. I think I have a few ribs floating around in my body,” Hill admitted. “This is real work. I was raised by Edna Earl and Ted Perry, and they believed the best way to teach a child was to get your hands in the dirt. That’s basically this in a nutshell. I think so many actors are drawn to Taylor’s writing because he is portraying the story in a way that was lived. I gained so much respect for cowboys.”


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The GRAMMY award-winning pair of superstars and their cast mates filmed the show in what was described as the “middle of nowhere,” which Hill admitted is “why so many actors are drawn to Taylor Sheridan’s writing because he is portraying the story in a way that was lived”

Hill later added that she was ultimately forced to become “quite comfortable” with the rest of the crew on set while filming as they had to adapt to living life in the middle of nowhere.

“You learn how to pick a tree, squat down, and do your business,” she said. 

1883 is executive produced by Taylor Sheridan, John Linson, Art Linson, David Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari, and is set to premiere on Dec. 19 on Paramount+.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.