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Interview:
Tim McGraw using concerts to unveil new music
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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The good news for Tim McGraw fans is that the country superstar (and actor) has some new songs to play during his current Emotional Traffic Tour.



However, the shows are the only place you can hear them for the moment.



McGraw and his label, Curb Records, are tied up in litigation over his “Emotional Traffic” album, the follow-up to 2009’s “Southern Voice” and McGraw’s final contracted release for Curb. The label is claiming he delivered it too soon and that it’s not “current,” while McGraw contends it fulfills the terms of his deal.



“It’s frustrating because we have this great new music that we want to get out to everybody, and the only way we can get it out is to play it live,” says McGraw, 44, who co-produced the album with longtime cohort Byron Gallimore. He’s showcasing the songs “Right Back Atcha,” “Better Than I Used to Be” and occasionally “Halo,” and the album also features duets with his wife, Faith Hill and R&B artist Ne-Yo.



“Right now it’s just a matter of letting the legal system handle this, and hopefully our good faith pays off. I’ve always been a good, honest guy and done the work the way it needed to be done and fulfilled whatever I’ve been obligated to do. All you can do is that and hope it pays off in the end.”



McGraw, who’s airing 13 of the tour’s shows on XM satellite radio this summer, is nevertheless anxious for the world to hear the entire “Emotional Traffic,” which he describes as “a really eclectic group of songs.”



“I think it’s more of a groove, feel-good album than we’ve done in a while,” says McGraw, who also appears in the film “Dirty Girl” due out later this summer. “It’s got a lot of depth to it, sonically and musically. It’s just a real cool-sounding record to me. It’s one of my favorite records I’ve ever done, so I’m glad we’re at least letting people hear some of it at our shows.”



Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors, Luke Bryan and the Band Perry perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road at I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $75 pavilion, $39 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.



Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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