Tim thought "Truck Yeah" had hit potential, judging from the positive crowd response he's received when performing it on the current Brothers of the Sun tour with pal Kenny Chesney, but he credits country radio for taking it to the masses beyond the stadium seats.
"Country radio has been there for me all the way through my career," Tim says. "I had 'Indian Outlaw' out, and who would have thought country radio would have played that at the time? It was so different. They played it, and if they hadn't have played it I wouldn't be sitting here. So they've went with me when I sort of rode the edge of the envelope a few times, and put out some songs that socially had some sort of big issues and some big themes, and they've stayed with me on it and played my records. I hope that continues, because I feel like I've got a lot more coming."
Tim admits he's as anxious for fans to hear the new album as they are. "I'm very excited about the music that I'm recording," he notes. "When I'm in the studio recording, its hard for me to not want to get a song out the day after I've recorded it because I fall in love with it so much. I've been working with some great studio guys, and some musicians, a couple of them play in my band, and just guys that really inspire me and get me fired up. So when you go into the studio with songs that are edgy and that you really think have a cool theme to them or really have something to say, it's tough to sit on those songs."
In spite of having signed with a new record label, one thing that hasn't changed is Tim is once again working with longtime friend and producer Byron Gallimore.
"I wouldn't think of going in the studio without Byron," he explains. "Who would we rely on? You couldn't rely on me; I'd be way off in left field somewhere," he says with a laugh.
Excited about his future with Big Machine Records, the superstar entertainer feels the best of his career is yet to come, so there's no need to look back at what he's accomplished so far.
"I'm always looking forward, so I've never really sat down and looked at my career in retrospect," he muses. "If I did that, I might just say, 'Well, hell, that's enough' and quit. I want to keep moving forward. I've still got a lot more to do."
While no official release date has been announced for the new album yet, more Brothers of the Sun shows are coming this weekend. Tim and Kenny will be at New Jersey's Meadowlands and FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Keep track of Tim's tour schedule here.
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