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28 July 2009

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) When superstar Toby Keith tapped Trace Adkins for his current "America's Toughest Tour" he created what may be the summer's biggest and strongest lineup – literally and figuratively. But nothing could have prepared the two for the reaction they've been getting when Toby brings Trace back out on stage for an encore performance of Keith's monster hit "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)."

The natural connection between the two artists is obvious to the crowds and, in retrospect, to Toby as well. "We came from the same honky-tonk family," Keith recently told the Palm Beach Post. "It's amazing we had to wait this long to work together."

Keith has been bringing Adkins out for the explosive performance each night of the tour, which started in June and runs through September. Capacity crowds and critical raves have been hallmarks of Toby's live show this year, as in years past. But live performances are only a part of Toby Keith's vast and successful endeavors.

As a recording artist, he recently released the single "American Ride," the title track from a new studio album due Oct. 13. One of the fastest rising songs of his career, the tune was the Most Added song of the week this week on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart.

Toby was recently named the No. 4 all-genre album seller of the decade by Yahoo!, and is once again one of Forbes' top earning musicians in the world. Beyond music, Keith has also starred in two successful major motion pictures, owns a chain of restaurants as well as his own record label, and recently launched his own clothing line.


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