02/10/2010

TOBY KEITH LAUNCHES AMERICAN RIDE TOUR JUNE 19

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) How successful was Toby Keith's 2009 America's Toughest Tour? Standing-room-only venues, a frantic reception in Europe and acclaim from all corners aside, and the trek's special guest Trace Adkins was so impressed he has signed on for the next tour, too.

Toby Keith, with Adkins, kick-off the American Ride Tour June 19 in Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Thirty-nine dates are already on the books through late September. Longtime Keith tour sponsor Ford F-Series is back again, too.

And who wouldn't want to ride along with Toby? "Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)," the second single from Keith's American Ride album, just hit No. 1 on the Music Row chart. It joins the album title track in Toby's vast catalog of chart toppers and is his 28th career No. 1.

Universal Records South recently merged with Keith's record label Show Dog to create Show Dog-Universal Music. The label's first new signing was Adkins, who cited his experience on the America's Toughest Tour with Toby as well as the common fan base and vision they share as artists as the inspiration behind his decision to join the label. A new single and album is being planned and will be announced soon.

Ranked among the top selling artists in all genres at No. 3 on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade and one of the top touring artists of the last decade, Toby Keith sold nearly 30 million albums, scored more No. 1 singles than any other country artist and led a steady succession of blockbuster headlining tours. He was named Billboard's No. 1 Country Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. He has also emerged as a multi-faceted entertainment powerhouse with movies, a clothing line and his growing number of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurant-venues.

Trace Adkins has achieved unprecedented success as a performer, author and actor. He has enjoyed a remarkable twelve-year career full of chart-topping hits, countless national TV appearances and highly successful tours. In 2008, he was introduced to millions of Americans when he became a finalist on NBC’s debut season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." He starred in some of the show's best moments and raised more than $500,000 for his charity. With his unmistakable baritone voice, Adkins has sold ten million albums, with more than 27 hits, including chart-toppers, "This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing," "Ladies Love Country Boys," and "You're Gonna Miss This."