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Big Dog Daddy

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That last one's new for me. The only reason I never produced an album by myself before is I didn't have time. Why not? Because I'm opening record labels and restaurants, working on movies and things like that. But I knew I was going to have to across the board dive in if I wanted this album to be one of the best of my career. So I came in with guns blazing.

So a tremendous amount of thought, time and effort went into Big Dog Daddy. Last year when we were finishing White Trash With Money, Tom Bukovac came in and played guitar. I told him I had a couple things that were going to be really rock edged on the next album, kind of a southern rock and blues thing. I asked him to take them from the guitar side and think about grooves and rhythms -- help structure these things. So he and I co-produced "Hit It" and "Big Dog Daddy," and I produced the rest by myself.

I sang my own harmonies on this album and I'd never done that before. I'd let harmony singers come in and do their thing. This time we'd get through laying down a song and the engineer would play it back while I threw down a harmony track. Me singing with me. "High Maintenance Woman" is one of them. "White Rose" and "Love Me If You Can."

You get out what you put in. I've always been the hardest worker, and prided myself on that. I may not be the biggest star around, but nobody will ever out work me. That's my approach.

For the first time ever, I've made an album that I can listen to up and down and never go, "Man, I wish I didn't let them do that." If I didn't like the way something sounded, I fixed it. There's a little piece on "White Rose" where the chorus says, "Now there's plywood for glass where the windows all got smashed...there's a couple of cars half out of the ground..." right in there you can hear the harmonies do a big swell. Well, when they comp'ed it down somebody lost that. I was already hearing it in my head and loved it, so I called back and told them to turn those harmonies up 25%. Ten years from now I'd have been wondering why the producer let that go.

Those intricate pieces are scattered all through the album, and they're stamped with my approval. We break it down as far as turning everything off but the steel guitar and listening to the full three minutes of just that. When you've got 30 tracks it takes hours to listen to one song that way. But we went in there, cleaning stuff up, taking out all the unnecessary string noises and accidental pick sounds. All those decisions are my brand on this album.

Every song on here means something to me and a lot of effort went into making sure there's no letdown whatsoever. Dean Dillon and Scotty Emerick wrote a couple with me, I wrote one with Bobby Pinson, whose music I've really gotten into lately. I picked up one from Fred Eaglesmith that's been on my list for years and I'm glad to finally get on an album.

When Craig Wiseman came out to write a couple songs with me, he played "Love Me If You Can." I asked him to leave it with me for a while, and he did. It grew on me until finally not only did it get cut, it's going to be a single. That song is just me.

I get roped into these political arguments, but the truth is I don't see things right or left, I see them right or wrong. If you put check boxes on the left and right for all the big issues, my list will go back and forth all the way down. But all I have to do is disagree with a hardcore, far left liberal on one thing and they just mark me down with all the boxes on the right. And it's pretty much the same thing on the other side.

That song says exactly how I feel about myself in the world. I have to deal with other celebrities assuming all my marks are in one column, and all it shows me is that most of those people are very uneducated. For instance, Sean Penn was accepting a humanitarian award from a freedom of speech organization recently and said Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Toby Keith should be held accountable now that the Iraq war has gone astray. He's lumping me in with these guys when my song clearly, word for word, indicated my support for the invasion of Afghanistan.

Now the difference between me and Sean Penn is that I've talked to 50 generals. I doubt he's even talked to one. I didn't support the war in Iraq and still don't, but I'm sure I know more about it than he does. When he and Clooney get together and say we should go to Africa and stop the genocide, I'll be the one over there performing for the troops when it happens.

I'm not going to apologize for where I stand. I am who I am, and if that bothers people it's okay. And if you agree with me, that's fine, too. I don't feel like I have anything to prove. Not since 2000, anyway. My first seven years in the business I was fighting all the time to prove myself. But I've answered those questions.

It's been a blur, the last 18 months. It really has. I looked up the other day and thought about the 50 million airplays BMI honored me for a couple months back. I had no idea what that means. There's no board, no big music ladder you can look at and say, well you started out down here and you've gotten up this far. So I asked them, what does it mean? They said it means Elton John, the Bee Gees, John Lennon. That put it in perspective.

All I'm really trying to do now is keep my plate creatively full. Staying creative is important to me. I don't work 155 shows anymore. I don't work 100 or 80. I work 60 and that's plenty. I can go out and tackle this acting world. The people who are in the know are very comfortable with my first attempt. I just wrote the treatment for my next movie, Beer For My Horses. Turned it in yesterday.

And I can take the time and put the energy into producing this album. It was time. White Trash With Money was released on Show Dog, but it was still a 50-50 venture with Universal. It was actually the last album off my old deal with DreamWorks-Universal. Other than the soundtrack for Broken Bridges, this is the first studio album Show Dog has released that it has 100% ownership of. To own these masters, you would have to buy my record label. So it just seems right that it's sung by, written by and produced by. I couldn't be happier with it.

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DawnaT's picture


Toby Keith is the leading man of country music! I have yet to be disappointed... I have not found a song on any of his albums that I haven't liked and plenty that I LOVE! Often times, he is overlooked by the country music moguls of Nashville, but through realism, wit and charm - you can't help but admire his talent! Can he sing!! You are sure to find something you'll LOVE, whether you're a rocker, rapper or are a true fan of country music! His shows are fabulous, you can't help but sing and dance throughout! And did I mention, he's awfully easy on the eyes!! He's one sexy creature! Rock On, Fine Sir!! ;)

7 years 11 months ago
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kristylynn's picture


Toby Keith is one of the greatest Country music stars around, He has dealt with controversy over His angry american!! And smiled the whole way thru it!!! Toby's music has changed my life!!! I wouldn'nt be such a great person without tobys music touching my life ALl I have to say is Thank You toby and dont stop doin what your doing Love Kristy

7 years 11 months ago
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fluffykins's picture


I am Proud to Call Toby Keith a Brother.Because that is what he Is To his Fans &to our troops. No matter how Mean some peopleare to him over his Angry American Song. He doesn't let it Bother him. Maybe I should useToby Keith as a Role Model instead Of Mike Searles[A Kid I went To School with]

7 years 8 months ago
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Although I know that Toby Keith will not actually read this, I just wanted to say how gratefull I am that he went to Iraq and did a show for the soldiers there. My son is in the Army. He has been in Iraq for almost a year. He was supposed to come home in June but found out that his tour has been exteneded to October 2007. Since he has been gone he has missed the birth of his first son, and all his son's "firsts". Now my son is going to miss his first Father's Day and his son's first birthday. He has made so many sacrafices for his country.The troops are hearing so much negativity about how we Americans feel about the war that they are feeling like they no longer have the support of their country. They are so far away and need to know that we think about them every day. Tonight I got an email from my son to tell me he was happy that he got to go see Toby Keith's show. He described Toby as a really great guy who supports the troops. The soldiers were grateful to have a little bit of America come to them and remind them that they are not fogotten. As a Mom I worry every day about my son and how he is doing. I am personally grateful to Toby Keith for brightening my son's day and helping him forget for a little while how far away from home and family that he is.Thank you Toby!!!

6 years 11 months ago
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3 years 3 months ago
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tk4ever1's picture


Toby Keith is the greatest in my book, not only as an entertainer by as a man of character and of his word. While Toby may never have gotten the acceptance he deserves from Nashville, I feel that pales in comparison to the respect and admiration he receives because of his support to our military troops, worthy charities, his home state of Oklahoma, and children. I'm proud to be a Toby Keith Warrior. And thanks for this site contactmusic.

5 years 12 months ago
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Ferebee6's picture


Toby Keith is such a fun guy! His music is amazing!! His last album 'That Don't Make ME a Bad Guy" has some of the best written songs I've heard.He is into EVERYTHING and still has time for the troops, Ally's House, his family, staying fit---He is the WHOLE package!! Best of luck to you Toby!! I've never seen a harder working more successful guy than you.Here is a song line for youLand of the Free because of the bravenot that you need my help!!!

5 years 2 months ago
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TOBY KEITH is the most outstanding performer aroundtoday.He is not only s singer ,but also a song writer,which today is a very rare thing.TOBY also stays true to his country roots,which is amazing,because most of todays artist are doing crossover music as well.TOBY is loyal to his family, music, beliefs,country, and last but not least his fans. Those of us who are his fans are also loyal to TOBY,we would be there in a minute if he needed us,just look at the sales of his newly released White Trash With Money cd.Most of us as fans have bought at least 2 or more,helping the sales of it.WHY, would we do this ? We do this because of the kind of artist TOBY is,the kind of person TOBY is,and because we are one big WARRIOR family and TOBY is our BIG DAWG.TOBY has been kicked around for a long time by the indusry and is still going strong regardless.He is not a quitter and will stand up for what is right,no matter who says what,and this to me is the kind of person the world needs just a few more of. Brenda (tksbabygirl/TKIFC)

7 years 11 months ago
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I love Toby's music! He is a real person,and so many out their ,have so many hang ups, and wear so many mask,that we can't see who he really is. His Music makes me feel alive! I love all his music! My son returned for Iraq this year so I can very much relate to the song American Soldier.soth I have been playing his christmas cd. it is wonderful I smile thought all of it. Keep up the good work Toby! I love you and your music.

7 years 4 months ago
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overhere's picture


Does that mean the Dixie Chicks have the same rights???????

7 years 5 months ago
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