Spirit Music Group has acquired several of Tim McGraw’s master recordings in a deal announced Wednesday (Sept. 9). The agreement covers the masters for three of McGraw's albums: 2013's Two Lanes of Freedom, 2014's Sundown Heaven Town and 2015's Damn Country Music, all released by Big Machine Records. Hit singles encompassed by the deal include “Highway Don’t Care,” “Humble & Kind,” “Shotgun Rider” and “Truck Yeah.”
While master recording deals are rare for publishers, Spirit also represents both masters and publishing rights for a portion of the catalog of T. Rex via Marc Bolan as well as the masters and publishing for most of Ingrid Michaelson’s catalog.
The acquisition of McGraw's master recordings -- purchased directly from the artist -- follows Spirit executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron’s 2019 formation of Lyric Capital Group, through which they took ownership of Spirit and secured a $350 million recapitalization.