Monday, May 21, 2012
– Tim McGraw, a free agent after winning a court battle against his former label, signed with Big Machine Records to a worldwide recording deal, it was announced Monday.
"Many people know that I came to Nashville 23 years ago on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar," said McGraw. "And 23 years to the day, on May 9, I went back to the bus station and officially signed this deal. It was a significant way for me to mark this new beginning. Scott Borchetta has developed a powerhouse at Big Machine, and I'm happy to be a part of what he has built and to call Big Machine Records my new label home. Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling about working on a new album for this next chapter in my career. Here's to the next 20 years."
"I've always felt a kinship to Tim as my dad (Mike) originally signed Tim to Curb Records. We have wanted to work together for years and I can't believe this day has finally come. His level of artistry, vision, passion and energy comes along only so many times in any given era and I can tell you with the utmost confidence that there are many, many important chapters left to write," said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.
There was no word on when new music would be released. McGraw spent his entire career on Curb, but relations grew frosty in recent years. McGraw complained about the label releasing to many greatest hits packages. The two then battled in court over his release "Emotional Traffic." The label released the music in January after losing a court suit, which enabled McGraw to sign with any label. McGraw has a duet with Kenny Chesney, Feel Like a Rock Star, now on the charts. The two are touring together this summer.
Big Machine's roster includes Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry and Martina McBride.