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Country music's bad boy

Tim McGraw isn't just Mr. Faith Hill, he's a big ol' country star himself. Though McGraw, shown here at 2002's Academy of Country Music Awards, doesn't own the planet quite like Ms. Hill does, he has his own swarm of fans who relish his smooth tenor and hunky good looks. The guy has sold more than 20-million albums, which isn't shabby.

McGraw is a free spirit, too, with a keen wit and lively personality that often finds him in the headlines. Remember when McGraw and buddy Kenny Chesney were arrested for stealing that deputy's horse in Buffalo? (The boys were acquitted.)

McGraw is no stranger to controversy in his music, either. The early single Indian Outlaw got him static in Nashville. More recently his coming-of-age single Red Rag Top made country music stations skittish because of a line that refers to a young couple opting for an abortion.

Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $39.75-$59.75. (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

_ GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic