CMT’S KATIE COOK GETS PERSONAL WITH THE SHOW DOG HIMSELF, TOBY KEITH, IN THE “CMT INSIDER SPECIAL EDITION: TOBY KEITH” PREMIERING FRIDAY, APRIL 7 AT 8:00 PM ET/PT

03/21/06



NASHVILLE – March 21, 2006 – New record label president, multi-platinum artist and country music superstar are only a few descriptions for Toby Keith. CMT’s Katie Cook sits down with Keith as he offers a candid interview on his music, his controversies, his passions, his past and his future in the CMT INSIDER SPECIAL: TOBY KEITH premiering Friday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

In this half-hour special, Keith discusses the long road to success and his increasingly busy schedule. From the recent formation of his own label, Show Dog Records; to his restaurant chain, I Love This Bar and Grill; to a lead role in his first feature film; Keith continues to garner successes. Keith not only talks about his new album, White Trash With Money, which hits stores April 11, but also talks about being a leading man in the CMT Film, “Broken Bridges,” which is slated for a 2006 theatrical release. The film, a CMT and Paramount venture, also stars Kelly Preston and screen legend, Burt Reynolds.

Oklahoma native, Toby Keith, has come a long way since his first hit, 1993’s “Shoulda Been a Cowboy.” A continued stream of hits like “How Do You Like Me Know?!,“ “I Love This Bar,” and “As Good As I Once Was,” has made him one of the most successful country music artists of all time. Keith has received multiple awards including ACM’s 2002 and 2003 Entertainer of the Year, AMA’s 2004 Favorite Album and Billboard’s 2005 Country Album Artist of the Year. Keith is nominated for two 2006 CMT Music Awards.

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 80.9 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.

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