The Court of Appeals in Nashville today ruled against McGraw and in favor of Curb Records, stating that he may have breached his contract.
According to a press release, “Curb Records contends that Tim is still under contract because he has not provided his Fifth Option Period Album.”
The court has allowed Curb Records to delay the trial as it gathers more evidence against McGraw and his “current” record label, Big Machine Records.
The sticking point is “20 new recordings” by McGraw, and who they belong to. McGraw recorded them and wants to release them with Big Machine Records, and Curb Records believes they belong to them.
McGraw was signed to Curb Records for two decades. He sought a release from his contract after recording his album Emotional Traffic. Curb contested, but a judge ruled in McGraw’s favor late last year, releasing him from his relationship with Curb.
According to the press statement, however, “Curb Records believes that Tim McGraw is still an artist on Curb Records’ label” and that “Big Machine had no right to sign Tim McGraw until his contract with Curb Records is over.” We have not received comment from Big Machine as of press time.
In the saga of McGraw vs. Curb, we will keep you posted on the latest as this story develops.
– Steve Koscik / US99.5