tim mcgraw by frazer harrison getty images Tim McGraw Parts Company With Curb Records

Tim McGraw at the 2011 American Idol finale. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The man who gave Curb Records its greatest success is no longer with the label, following a ruling today in Davidson County, Tennessee Chancery Court.

According to radio trade publication Country Aircheck, earlier this afternoon (Wednesday 11/30/11), Russell Perkins…chancellor of the Davidson County, Tennessee Chancery Court…denied a request made by Curb Records for an injunction against [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tim McGraw[/lastfm].

This is arguably the first step toward McGraw’s regaining the ability to record and release new music.

While McGraw’s attorney, Bill Ramsey, is asserting that Tim is now free to sign a new contract with a new label, Tim made no official comment, although Country Aircheck described McGraw, wife Faith Hill, his attorneys and manager as “visibly pleased”.

But that’s not the end of the story…

This is Tim McGraw’s last single release…”Felt Good On My Lips”.

It spent an entire month at Number One.

But the album it came from, Emotional Traffic, was never released.

The allegation was that Tim McGraw had turned in the tracks for Emotional Traffic ahead of the schedule set by Curb Records, and Curb filed a breach-of-contract suit on May 13. McGraw countersued just days later, seeking advance payment and reimbursement of monies spent to record Emotional Traffic, along with unspecified damages, and a jury trial which is currently set for July 2012.

So until a jury renders a verdict from the trial, it appears at this point that the remainder of the tracks from Emotional Traffic will go unreleased, only to be heard during Tim’s live performances.

Of course…considering Tim’s upcoming co-headlining tour with Kenny Chesney…a lot of people are gonna get to hear the new material.

That said, today’s ruling is a major step toward Tim McGraw’s being able to resume his recording career.

A career that took off 18 winters ago with “Indian Outlaw”.


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