Tim McGraw Didn’t See Pal Kenny Chesney as Artist

Tim recalls his early days in Nashville with buddy Kenny Chesney.

While close friends and Brothers of the Sun tourmates, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney are now both country recording artists with luminous careers. When they were struggling musicians in Nashville, it seemed that the two had different career paths in mind.

Speaking in a recent interview with American Songwriter magazine, Tim recalls writing songs with Kenny and Tracy Lawrence during his early days in Nashville. While Tim was pursuing a recording contract, he says buddy Kenny's focus was on penning songs for other artists.

"Yeah, we wrote. I don’t remember any of it but we wrote," Tim says. "I was actually performing some of the songs Kenny was writing. Back then, Kenny, Tracy and I would run around together and I never thought of Kenny wanting to be an artist. I don’t think he ever said much about wanting that. I think he was concentrating on songwriting back then. And he’s a really good songwriter, by the way."

Though Tim tends to rely on top-notch Nashville songwriters for his hit songs, he says there are still shelved songs out there with his co-writing credit on them.

"Songwriting wasn’t the main focus. I mean, I was writing songs. Those first two or three years, I had written a couple hundred songs with writers all over town. They’re floating around out there somewhere. A couple may be good but most of them were awful. I really wanted to be an artist and get an artist deal."

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