Curb Records has filed a lawsuit against Tim McGraw over the recording dates of ‘Emotional Traffic, claiming that McGraw is in breach of his contract because he handed over his ‘Emotional Traffic’ master tracks to the record company too soon before the album’s release.
Billboard was able to obtain a copy of the formal complaint, and Curb is claiming McGraw did this “in a transparent tactic to attempt to fulfill his contractual recording commitment to Curb prematurely in breach of the recording agreement.”
McGraw’s contract with Curb states that the country singer’s submitted material must be “topical and new” and that his new music must be delivered to the label “no earlier than 12 months and no later than 18 months” superseding his prior album. Curb is also saying that McGraw began recording ‘Emotional Traffic’ during “2008 or before,” which is a time period that is forbidden by McGraw’s contract, considering he turned in his final cut of the LP in October 2010.
Curb is seeking damages (which haven’t been specified as of yet) and another “option period” record on top of “injunctive relief preventing him from agreeing to provide, or providing, his personal services as a recording artist for the benefit of parties other than Curb Records until he has fulfilled his duties and obligations under the Recording Agreement.”
McGraw’s lawyer, Rusty Jones from Nashville’s Harris, Martin and Jones firm, comments, “We are going to respond vigorously and promptly.” Curb’s attorney, Jay S. Bowen from Bowen and Unger, PLC, has yet to comment on the matter, and the label declined to comment altogether.