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05 December 2008

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Stack the firewood by the door, throw on a couple more layers and stock up on...uh...antifreeze, because Toby Keiths Biggest & Baddest Tour is launching a winter leg Jan. 22 in Albany, NY. As he finishes scorching the charts and concert venues in 2008, the multi-media superstar is already planning to heat things up in early 2009 with 12 more shows.

In addition to Albany, shows have been announced in Peoria, IL (1/29) and Evansville, IN (1/20). More dates will be announced soon. Jason Aldean is slated to open the first five dates on the tours winter run.

One Toby Keith fan who will probably be too busy in a new job to see many shows in 09 is the newly-appointed Obama administration National Security Advisor. Retired Marine General James Jones has a long history with the Oklahoma superstar, and played a hand in one of the biggest music stories of the millennium.

Gen. Jones was in the audience at Keiths post Sept. 11 Pentagon performance for Marines about to deploy to Afghanistan. Toby played a song he had written as a morale booster for troops heading to the fight called "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)." After the show, Jones encouraged Keith to record and release the song, saying it would be a great service to the military and the nation. Even though his next album release Unleashed was finished, Keith returned to the studio, cut the track and added it to the album.

Keith and Gen. Jones forged a friendship through that event, as well as the singer/songwriters many USO Tours to war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. The two men undertook a 2006 good will tour of Africa together, and Toby selected Gen. Jones to induct him into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in May of 2007.

Toby recently debuted the No. 1 country album in the nation, That Dont Make Me A Bad Guy, which continues to be one of the genres top sellers. The albums first single, "She Never Cried In Front Of Me," rocketed to No. 1 on the singles charts, and its follow-up "God Lover Her" is charting a similar meteoric climb.


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