“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,” added Borchetta. “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.”
Universal Music Group will handle global distribution. “I’m so pleased to add the great superstar Tim McGraw to our incredible Nashville family of distributed labels,” said Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. “Tim’s accomplishments reach around the world and we intend to exert the full compliment of global support to Tim’s new releases on Big Machine Records.”
This June, McGraw will kick off the Brothers of the Sun Tour with longtime friend Kenny Chesney. The outing launches June 2 in Tampa and will hit the nation’s biggest stadiums through August.
McGraw has sold over 40 million albums.