Country royal Tim McGraw is a role model to many fans for many different reasons, but it seems even other stars are not immune to the artist's influence.

In a recent interview, Brantley Gilbert, newer to the scene but a chart-topper in his own right, explains his respect for the veteran performer after having spent some time together on the road last year.

“No joke, Tim’s an awesome dude, on and offstage,” says Gilbert. “We share some lifestyle choices. … You know, Tim’s been sober for a while. He had some great advice as far as that goes and as far as business went.”

With his recent engagement to girlfriend Amber Cochran, a teacher Gilbert met in his home state of Georgia, balancing family and a music career must not have been far from the singer’s mind, as this aspect of McGraw’s life seemed to particularly impress Gilbert.

“I had an opportunity to fly with him to some shows, and hearing him call home and talk to Faith and his girls, man, he’s just a good father and a good husband,” he states.

So there you have it, folks. According to Gilbert, McGraw is exactly how we've always hoped he'd be behind the scenes.

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