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McGraw countersues Curb

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – Tim McGraw countersued his record label, Curb Records. Curb and his only label are embroiled in a dispute over his contract. The singer claims the label wants to enforce his "involuntary servitude" through the contract.

Curb has said McGraw did not meet their contract because he submitted old recorded material for "Emotional Traffic."

"After a nearly 19-year relationship with Curb Records which has provided unprecedented success for both parties, Curb has taken actions that are harmful to Tim McGraw's career," a McGraw spokesman said Tuesday. "It is with great regret that he responds with a countersuit, but the label has left him with no other option."

McGraw wants unspecified punitive damages against Curb Records, an advance for his latest recordings and a legal ruling he has met the terms of his contract at Curb and is a free agent, according to an article in The Tennessean.

McGraw has been in a dispute for several years with Curb. He was upset that the label released greatest hits packages.

Two weeks ago, Curb filed a breach of contract suit against McGraw over the "Emotional Traffic" CD. McGraw has said the CD is his "absolute last album with Curb if it kills him."

While the label complained, it also released one song, Felt Good On My Lips, which went to number one. Curb said the songs were not current and did not meet the timetable of his recording contract.

McGraw has claimed the label wants to extend its contract with him.

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The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»
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Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Jinks wins over fans, especially new ones – Cody Jinks asked the crowd a bit into his show how many had never seen him before. It seemed like Jinks has made a lot of musical inroads into the public's consciousness because roughly three quarters of the audience raised their hands to show that this was their first time. That probably made Jinks feel pretty darn good about how life has been... »»»
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