Tim McGraw on Letting the Music Develop

Warns Against "Chasing Radio"

Tim McGraw might have a new album out by the end of 2015. Then again, he might not. He wants to, and he’s working on some songs, but in a recent interview with CBS News, he admitted you can’t force it.

“That would be the goal,” McGraw said. “I would love to get some music out to my fans. Who knows, though? You gotta sort of let the music develop as you go along.”

He said he just started working on the album a couple of weeks ago and is right in the thick of it.

“Over the next couple of weeks, I will working in the studio a lot, putting a lot of touches on the record,” McGraw said. “There’s an incredible bunch of songs on this record, and we had a lot of fun in the studio playing it. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out, myself.”

McGraw’s big-picture take on where he’s going musically, since debuting with “What Room Was the Holiday In” 22 years ago, is that music is a progression.

“It kind of shows where you’ve gone, where you’re at and where you’re going,” he said. “And that’s what I try to do with my music. Art reflects life, life reflects art — you know the old saying. And that’s certainly true when you’re making music, just about as much as anything. Music sort of puts you in a place in time.

“I think if you start chasing radio, if you start chasing what your fans want to hear — I think if you start chasing what you think is the end thing — it’s OK to include some of that stuff,” he said of staying true to himself. “But if you start chasing that as a home base I think you’re in trouble as an artist.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.