TOBY TALKS TOUGH ABOUT THE MUSIC BIZ

Artists usually don't speak out against the Nashville music business-in the press, at least. But at a Q&A session at last week's Country Radio Seminar, Toby Keith laid it all on the line in front of music industry folks and radio personalities. "In this town, everybody tries to run around and glad-hand everybody," said Toby. "[They] run up and smile and shake your hand, and the second you walk off, [they'll] stab you in the back. I'd rather know where I stand with somebody." After selling 25 million records for his label, DreamWorks, Toby stands in a very good bargaining place. He's even considering starting his own record label after he releases Honkytonk University, the second to the last album he owes DreamWorks. "It's being talked about," Toby admitted. "It's a unique situation to be in-being at the top of your game; you're making great music and to happen to come to the end of your deal where you can make your own calls. It's going to be nice."

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