October 22, 1990

Tim McGraw signs his first contract with Curb Records. The relationship would last until 2010 and see Curb release 11 studio albums and 6 greatest hits compilations, all of which, with the exception of his self-titled debut release, would reach #1 on the country albums chart. Those albums spawned 44 top 10 hits, of which

in the fall 2010, McGraw had finished work on the album Emotional Traffic, his last studio album with Curb Records. On May 13, 2011, Curb Records filed a breach-of-contract suit against McGraw. The label alleged that McGraw recorded tracks for his Emotional Traffic album too early prior to its delivery to the label. Several days later, McGraw filed a counter suit against the label seeking advance payment and recording-fund reimbursement, unspecified damages, and a jury trial. A trial was scheduled to begin in July 2012.

In November 2011, a judge granted McGraw permission to record music for another label, ending his relationship with Curb Records that began in 1990.A few hours after the ruling, Curb released "Better Than I Used to Be", the second single from Emotional Traffic. The album was released on January 24, 2012.

On May 21, 2012, McGraw signed with Big Machine Records.