On the day he moved to Nashville, Tim McGraw stepped off a Greyhound bus with a guitar and a suitcase. He arrived inauspiciously around 3 a.m. on May 9, 1989, and checked into small room at the Hall of Fame hotel, a few blocks off Music Row. The next morning, he went downstairs and started drinking beers - and more importantly, buying beers.
At the hotel bar that day, the 22-year-old hopeful crossed paths with Tommy Barnes, the songwriter who played him a novelty number, "Indian Outlaw." And he met Craig Wiseman, the songwriter who forged a close relationship with McGraw by writing future No. 1 hits such as "Live Like You Were Dying," "Everywhere," "The Cowboy In Me" and "Where The Green Grass Grows." With a friendly face and a running tab, McGraw quickly built a close circle of allies in the Nashville songwriting community, like Mack Vickery, Wayne Perry and "Wild" Bill Emerson.
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