Contemporary-favorite Tim McGraw has provided country fans with more details about his forthcoming “Two Lanes of Freedom” offering, which will be his first CD since departing Curb/Nashville, and it’s full of both “discovery” and “rediscovery,” he said.
Set for release Feb. 5, 2013, on the Big Machine label, the lucky 13-song album reportedly demonstrates yet again that the Louisiana-born performer is devoted — both on the live stage and in the studio — to consistently creating music that’s a happy mix of authenticity and innovation.
“I feel like I’ve progressed in my work, and I’ve always strived to get better,” McGraw said via a Dec. 13 correspondence shared with rootshed.com. “On my last album, I was discovering some new sounds and new things that I wanted to do, scratching the surface of the direction I wanted to head. This album was a way to reach a little further back, to all that I’d done throughout my career, and bring both sides together — it’s a combination of that discovery, along with some rediscovery.”
Per the singer’s PR camp, the sense of nostalgia on the upcoming album shines through on the hard-driving current single, “One of Those Nights.” Yet the reverie of that song is countered by the humor and joy of “Southern Girl” or the feel-good hangover of “Mexicoma.” McGraw, however, has maintained that it was the album’s title track that really established the tone for the entire project.
“When we cut ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ there was such a freshness to it,” he remarked. “The track has this sort of Gaelic drive to it and really sets a palette for the whole record because it’s so visual — it has that summery, hazy image and I think that made the whole record open up for me.”
The official word is that McGraw reaches some especially emotional depth in his performances on tracks such as “Number 37405,” the lament of a singer-turned-convict, and “Book of John,” a wistful account of a family going through the journal left behind by its late patriarch. The disc closes with “Highway Don’t Care,” a breezy number that features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
The “Two Lanes of Freedom” track list, along with the songwriters, is as follows:
1. “Two Lanes of Freedom”
(Jaren Johnston/Jenn Schott)
2. “One Of Those Nights”
(Luke Laird/Rodney Clawson/Chris Tompkins)
3. “Friend Of A Friend”
(Mark Irwin/Josh Kear/Andrew Dorff)
4. “Southern Girl”
(Jaren Johnston/Lee Miller/Rodney Clawson)
5. “Truck Yeah”
(Chris Janson/Danny Myrick/Preston Brust/Chris Lucas)
6. “Nashville Without You”
(Kyle Jacobs/Joe Leathers/Ruston Kelly)
7. “Book of John”
(Jon Nite/Greg Becker)
(James Slater/Brad Warren/Brett Warren)
9. “Number 37405”
(Tom Douglas/Troy Jones)
10. “It’s Your World”
(Scott Stepakoff/Josh Osborne/Shane McAnally)
13. “Highway Don’t Care” (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)
(Mark Irwin/Josh Kear/Brad Warren/Brett Warren)
More about Tim McGraw
In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums and dominated the charts with 32 No. 1 singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three Grammy honors, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards, and 10 AMAs, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as “The Blind Side,” “Country Strong” and “Friday Night Lights” — as well as serving as guest host for NBC-TV’s iconic “Saturday Night Live,” a rare honor for a singer in any genre.
Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012), with more than 10 million spins detected, and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played country artist in the history of its tracking service.
Video view: For more updates and the latest information, please visit McGraw’s official website or follow him on Twitter. To see the official lyric video (CMA version) for McGraw’s current “One of Those Nights,” please access the clip embedded on the left side of this post