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McGraw plans disc with Hill, new label

Friday, March 26, 2010 – Tim McGraw intends to record a duets disc with wife Faith Hill, but just when that will happen was uncertain, McGraw said in an interview published Friday in the Vancouver Sun prior to starting his new tour.

"It's just a matter of time," McGraw said. The two have recorded several big hits together and would follow in the long line of Porter and Dolly, George and Tammy and the Cashes.

McGraw and Hill have been married since 1996, having met on The Spontaneous Combustion Tour, which he headlined. They have enjoyed hits with Let's Make Love, I Need You and It's Your Love. They also toured on the Soul2Soul tour twice.

McGraw also said his days at Curb Records are numbered and indicated that led to the delay in a duets disc. McGraw disowned a third greatest hits package put out by Curb in 2008. McGraw said he was uncertain what he would do - whether launch his own label or something else.

"You know, (it's) labels and all these things," McGraw said of the delay. "Once we clear the woods a little bit, we'll (record an album), for sure."

McGraw owes Curb one more disc and will leave. "I don't want to get into all that stuff, but in the history of the music business, artists and labels have not gotten along incredibly well, because there's a financial way to do things and there's an artistic way." McGraw said. "There's just other things I would like to do, and I think the best part of my career is ahead of me."

McGraw was not specific when asked if he were going independent. "I don't know; I'm just gonna see what's best for me," he said. "The music business, there's no formula to it. You sort of have to find your own way. It's a changing industry, and it's not gonna be the way it was before. Labels do need to figure out how they're going to operate in the future, if they're going to operate."

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