WATCH: Tim McGraw Makes ‘Yellowstone’ Debut as James Dutton in Flashback Teasing ‘1883’

An extended look at Tim McGraw as his 1883 character James Dutton has finally surfaced!  Those who tuned in to…


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November 21, 2021


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Tim McGraw as James Dutton; Photo Courtesy Paramount +

An extended look at Tim McGraw as his 1883 character James Dutton has finally surfaced! 

Those who tuned in to the Season 4 premiere of Yellowstone got the first sneak peek at McGraw’s character when the show gave fans a flashback to the year 1893 with an appearance by James Dutton himself. 

Now, Paramount Network has unveiled the full clip offering fans the first-ever in-depth look at the country superstar as a Dutton. Click below to watch. 

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The new clip follows the release of the official 1883 trailer, featuring McGraw alongside his wife, Faith Hill, as Margaret Dutton, and Sam Elliot as Shea Brennan.

“I heard a thousand stories, but none could describe this place, the road west is filled with failures,” a female narrator says as the clip opens. “It was a dream, and the dream was coming true, We are the land of no mercy now.” 

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The famous country couple recently opened up about their experience filming the highly-anticipated 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.”

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

Faith Hill, Tim McGraw in 1883
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw in 1883

“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.’”

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.”

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

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. 

Earlier this year, the couple shared their excitement of joining the cast. 

“Finally the day has come when I get to share some exciting news with you!” Hill excitedly shared. “I will be playing Margaret Dutton, the original matriarch of the Dutton family in the Yellowstone prequel 1883. Just wait, you have never seen anything like this!” 

Most recently, McGraw and his co-stars have been filming for 1883 in Texas. The country star captured a beautiful sunset scene from the set and shared it to Twitter earlier this week. 

“‘Amarillo Sky’ On set filming @1883Official,” McGraw captioned the photo. 

1883 premieres 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.