Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift: New Songs Coming


Taylor Swift performs at the VAULT Concert Stage at LP Field in Downtown Nashville Saturday, June 13 during the 2009 CMA Music Festival. Photographer: John Russell / CMA.

June 29, 2009 — Taylor Swift earned her first hit with a song titled "Tim McGraw" — now she shares a release date with the artist she celebrated as both singers have new tracks coming out on Tuesday.

But they’re not alone: Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley likewise have new material in the pipeline.

Here’s the scoop:

• Taylor has regularly cited Shania Twain as her biggest inspiration, but when she covers a major act on Tuesday, it’ll be a male classic rocker. Taylor and her band, The Agency, have a live version of Tom Petty’s "American Girl" available for sale beginning Tuesday via Rhapsody.

• Tim McGraw publicly criticized his record label last year when it released a third volume of greatest hits instead of putting out his next CD. The first song from that new project will be released digitally to radio stations beginning Tuesday, according to AllAboutCountry.com. Tim’s previously shown an interest in songs with clever twists of phrases when he recorded "Back When" and "Do You Want Fries With That." Tuesday’s release is similar: It’s titled "It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You."

• When Reba McEntire appeared with George Strait at the inaugural concert in Cowboys Stadium, she introduced the audience to "I Want A Cowboy," a song slated for her next album, Keep On Loving You. A special mix of the song is being sent in the next week to country dance clubs. She first heard the song on the self-titled debut album by Katrina Elam, who opened for Keith Urban in 2004 and 2005.

• A day before his American Saturday Night album comes out, Brad Paisley’s new single, "Welcome To The Future," is being released Monday to country radio stations. The song was inspired, in part, by the experience he had watching public reaction to President Obama’s ballot-box victory when Brad was in New York on Election Day.