Most big record deals are signed in corporate board rooms, but Tim McGraw signed his new deal with Big Machine Records at the Nashville Greyhound Station. The deal was done on May 9, the anniversary of the day in 1989 when Tim arrived in Music City from Louisiana on a Greyhound bus. Tim met his new record label president Scott Borchetta at the station to sign the papers, and Tim says, "I couldn't quit smiling. I don't think either one of us could quit smiling."
Tim's wife Faith Hill and their three daughters came with Tim, and he admits they were a little concerned to be out in front of the bus station in downtown Nashville.
"It was a fantastic day for me," Tim admits. "Although the station has moved since when I first came to town, but the symbolism was still there for me."
Having a new label home has revitalized Tim's work in the studio too. He says, "I got a lot of energy and the music has a lot of energy in it, and it's infused with all this enthusiasm and freshness."
Now that Tim is on a new label, fans may wonder if this means he'll do more recording with Faith. Tim says that's always in the long-range plans, but they don't have any projects scheduled for the time being.
"It's always a matter of finding time," Tim says. "You know, she's in the middle of an album project, and I'm in the middle of an album project."
In the meantime, Tim is now on the airwaves with his hit, "Better than I Used to Be," from Emotional Traffic, his final album with Curb Records. Tim also appears on "Feel Like a Rock Star," his duet with Kenny Chesney from Kenny's new album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, due out June 19.
Kenny and Tim hit the road together on the Brothers of the Sun tour, launching June 2 in Tampa, FL.
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