"And I guess they like me," he said. "They keep asking me back."
The singer started the Tim McGraw impersonation/tribute act as a kind of sideline years ago, after people noticed he looked and sounded a lot like the country star. The act took off and now the sideline is sort of the main event -- at least for now.
"I still get to Nashville," he said. "I'm still writing songs, doing demos and trying to be myself, obviously, but Tim McGraw pays the bills."
As far as jobs go, it's a pretty good one, though the job is not necessarily what people imagine.
"They think because you live in Vegas, you live in the casinos," he said. "Nah, I've got a condo seven miles from the strip. It's a normal life."
Tucker said he works a few doors down from Britney Spears, who started the two-year run of her "Britney: Piece of Me" show at Planet Hollywood in late December.
"I've seen her show, but we don't hang out -- yet."
Country stars Garth Brooks and George Strait have residencies at hotels in town, too. And so does Tim McGraw, who has a show at The Venetian with wife Faith Hill.
"They're just a couple of casinos away."
Tucker said he's seen McGraw a few times -- some for pleasure and some for business.
"You have to stay current," Tucker said. "You got to play his new hits, his old hits and make the people smile."
He even met McGraw at a show once.
"We shook hands, but I wasn't dressed up or anything," Tucker said. "We didn't sit down and talk. He was nice. It was a really good experience."
Tucker said he likes Las Vegas but he misses home. He gets back to West Virginia as much as he can, but this trip home is special. Partly, it's the joy of playing to a hometown audience and the hope of maybe helping a few people enjoy themselves during a difficult time.
It's also a chance to perform in front of his daughter.
"Lilly Anne Tucker," he said, proudly. "She's 2-and-a-half-years-old. I try to see her as often as I can, but she's never seen me do a show. She'll be there Friday."
Tucker said he could hardly wait, even if nobody can say if the water is safe.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.