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21 January 2009
<(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) How do you make Toby Keith"s standing-room-only 2008 tour even bigger and badder? You extend it into 2009 and add some of the most promising rising stars to the bill. And that"s exactly what the acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi-media threat has done.>

Toby is warming up the engines (Ford Trucks, of course) for the tour's winter leg, which kicks off Jan. 22 in Albany, NY. Previously announced guest Jason Aldean will be onstage for the tour's first five stops. And now Jack Ingram has been confirmed for a half-dozen dates, two of which add Julianne Hough in an opening slot.

Ingram joins the bill for the Feb. 5 show in Asheville, NC; Feb. 6 in Louisville, KY; Feb. 7 in Pikeville, KY; Feb. 20 in Green Bay, WI; Feb. 21 in Rockford, IL; and Feb. 22 in Des Moines, IA. Hough will perform on the Louisville and Des Moines dates.

Native Georgian Aldean quickly become one of country's brightest young talents with the his gold-selling self-titled debut album. His sophomore album, 2007's Relentless, only expanded his amped up country repertoire. Ingram is one of the few artists whose success on the Texas music circuit has been mirrored by national chart and album sales success. His decade as a top drawing live performer was ironically punctuated in 2008 with his win as the ACM's Top New Male Vocalist. Hough's love of country music preceded her dance career and starring role on ABC's Dancing With Stars, and she took aim at her true life's ambition with her 2008 debut album.

A strong supporting cast is a perfect lead-in for Keith's hit-packed show, for which fans will be clamoring considering there are several new smash singles now in the mix. Toby's latest chart-stormer "God Love Her" recently shot into the top 5. The song is the second single from Keith's current album That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy. It follows the No. 1 smash "She Never Cried In Front Of Me." As for the album itself, People called it " of the strongest albums of Keith's career" and the Washington Post added, "Even when he's a 'bad guy,' Toby Keith finishes first."

Toby closed 2008 as strongly as he's opening the new year. Of particular note was his success on screen. Beer For My Horses earned prodigious airplay on CMT and was a popular holiday gift in DVD format. And this response came in the wake of the film's theater- filling run in markets.

But Keith's second successful feature film run won't overshadow his music. He's sold more than 25 million albums in this decade alone, while playing for capacity crowds coast-to-coast. Having written the overwhelming majority of his innumerable hit singles -- starting with his 1993 debut No. 1 "Should've Been A Cowboy" -- and now in the position of self-producing on his own label, Toby Keith may be the most successful fully-autonomous recording artist in music history.

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