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Tim McGraw recently described himself to Billboard magazine as “a good, honest guy.” He says he’s “done the work the way it needed to be done and fulfilled whatever I’ve been obligated to do.” The story goes into some details about the lawsuits between McGraw and his record label over what will happen with his upcoming Emotional Traffic album. (In short, the label is suing McGraw for delivering the album too soon, and McGraw is suing them back, saying he didn’t.) He has been playing some of the record’s new tunes, like “Right Back at You,” “Better Than I Used to Be” and “Halo,” during his live shows. And he told Billboard the album is an eclectic group of songs. “It’s one of those records that you want to put earphones and just turn it up and really listen to every part of the record,” he said. “I think it’s more of a groove, feel-good album than we’ve done in awhile. It’s got a lot of depth to it sonically and musically. It’s just a really cool-sounding record to me.” Let’s hope it gets out of the courtroom and into record stores soon so we can be the judge of that.