Tim McGraw is currently in the studio recording his next album, Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits 4. The fact that the 12-song collection, helmed by eight different producers, includes entirely new material except for one John Denver cover is not lost on Curb Records head honcho Mike Curb.
“We think this is an innovative new concept that will push sales and radio play for months to come and add value to Tim’s extraordinary catalog of American classics,” said Curb. “We completely abandoned the concept of a cohesive, artistic album in favor of a dozen singles, of which we plan to release at least ten.”
When asked if he thought the title of the album was misleading, Curb bristled. “How is it misleading? Every greatest hits package these days has a couple of new songs. We’re just taking that a step further… to all new tracks, which will all top the charts.”
For his part, McGraw finds himself in an awkward spot. Having previously criticized the label for releasing Greatest Hits 3 so shortly after the second volume, a fourth hits set two years later puts even more of a spotlight on his strained relationship with Curb.
“These people are *%$&ing nuts, man. I thought Shelton [Hank Williams III] just had a burr in his saddle with all his complaining, but naw… Curb’s bat sh*t,” McGraw grumbled. “I mean, Clay Walker’s not even happy here! Clay Freaking Walker, who wouldn’t curse you if you took a leak on his kid’s puppy!”
McGraw, still under contract for the remainder of his productive life, plans to gamely support the songs and tour despite his misgivings. The first single, “Keep Living Like You Were Dying,” goes to radio in October.