Country music icon Tim McGraw is revealing more details about his highly anticipated release “TWO LANES OF FREEDOM.” His first album for Big Machine Records will be released on Feb. 5, 2013 and is set to prove once again that on stage and on record, he remains dedicated to delivering music that is innovative, heartfelt and authentic.
“I feel like I’ve progressed in my work, and I’ve always strived to get better,” says McGraw. “On my last album, I was discovering some new sounds and new things that I wanted to do, scratching the surface of the direction I wanted to head. This album was a way to reach a little further back, to all that I’d done throughout my career, and bring both sides together—it’s a combination of that discovery, along with some rediscovery.”
On “TWO LANES OF FREEDOM,” the sense of nostalgia comes through on the hard-driving current single “One of Those Nights.” The reverie of that song, though, is countered by the humor and joy of “Southern Girl” or the feel-good hangover of “Mexicoma.” McGraw maintains that it was the album’s title track that really established the tone for the entire project.
“When we cut ‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ there was such a freshness to it,” he says. “The track has this sort of Gaelic drive to it and really sets a palette for the whole record because it’s so visual—it has that summery, hazy image and I think that made the whole record open up for me.”
McGraw reaches some especially emotional depth in his performances on such songs as “Number 37405,”
the lament of a singer-turned-convict. Most powerful of all might be “Book of John,”
a wistful account of a family going through the journal left behind by its late patriarch. The album closes with “Highway Don’t Care,”
a breezy yet complex track that features Taylor Swift
(the song is featured as number 13 on the album as a nod to her) and Keith Urban.
Check out the official cover and track listing below and let us know what you think! Will you be picking up a copy next year?