Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice" coming this fall
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
– "Southern Voice," Tim McGraw's first studio album in two and a half years, will be out this fall, he announced Tuesday. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You
goes to radio today as the first single.
No exact release date was given. Recorded in Nashville with his longtime producer, Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Sugarland, Phil Vassar), "Southern Voice" is the follow-up to "Let It Go," which debuted at number 1 on The Billboard 200 in April of 2007. McGraw will support his new album with an extensive tour in 2010.
The single, written by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and singer-songwriter Brett James (who has penned numerous hits, including Jesus, Take the Wheel for Carrie Underwood), is an uptempo, tongue-in-cheek tale about the price of love.
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