With his return to Big Machine Records this year, Tim McGraw is laying down how his earlier hits with the label ‘parted the clouds’ for his entire career.
Posting a video interview to his Twitter account today, country megastar Tim McGraw offers insight into how his early work with Big Machine Records defined – and opened doors for – everything that came after. The post comes in honor of his latest album, McGraw Machine Hits – a ‘greatest hits’ compilation of the huge songs McGraw recorded with Big Machine.
Which of Tim McGraw’s classics are Big Machine classics, too? Songs like “How I’ll Always Be,” “Humble and Kind,” “Truck Yeah,” as well as a brand-new version of “Redneck Girl” will all be on the album.
Tim McGraw Grateful to Two Lanes of Freedom
Within the interview, McGraw speaks to much of what built him as a country megastar. For him, it pretty much all starts with Two Lanes of Freedom, too.
“Goin’ in and recording Two Lanes of Freedom sort of… parted the clouds for me to make music,” he starts off. “I just felt renewed and refreshed and reenergized. I felt I was finally getting my arms around my career and being able to step on the gas.”
As for the music on the album itself, McGraw says it is full of nostalgia that can’t be duplicated. As a result, he’s excited to have these songs released as a “best of” compilation, instead of re-recording them all.
“It marks a moment in time and there’s some nostalgia to it,” he explains. “You hear some of those songs, and there’s just something about the magic that happened when it happened that I don’t know if you could duplicate.”
All of this success, however, is due to McGraw’s friends and colleagues the Borchettas. Father and son Mike & Scott Borchetta (respectively) catapulted McGraw to fame through record deals, mainly with Big Machine Records.
“The Borchettas have been a part of my career since the very beginning. My record deal(s) would never have happened without Mike & Scott Borchetta,” McGraw smiles.
From this, McGraw lays down exactly how he got into the business with the record giants. And it’s near-unbelievable.
“I tried to get a meeting with [Mike] forever, and finally during Fan Fair one year I just walked into his office,” he says. “He tried to kick me out,” McGraw laughs. “But I made him listen to my CD, and I think at the end of listening to three songs I had, he said ‘I think I’m gonna get you a record deal.'”
McGraw & Brochettas Back at it
Furthermore, Tim McGraw is back with Big Machine Records full time after his split with Sony Music Nashville in February. Both parties are ecstatic to be back together.
“It’s been a great ride with the Brochettas,” McGraw ends his interview with. “I mean, they’re a big part of my success and my musical family. I hope it happens for a long time.”
“I am so proud to welcome Tim McGraw back home to Big Machine Records,” Scott Borchetta, CEO/president and founder of Big Machine Label Group tells Billboard. “We can’t wait to jump back into the mix with Tim and his great team and get his incredible new music out to the world.”
If all the hits they crafted together in the 2010s are anything to go by, then Tim McGraw has some incredible years ahead of him.
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