Toby Keith Goes Acoustic On Second Holiday CD
Toby Keith's new album, "Big Dog Daddy," arrives on June 12, but he has another present planned for fans later this year.Toby Keith's new album, "Big Dog Daddy," arrives on June 12, but he has another present planned for fans later this year.
Keith tells Billboard.com he's recorded a second Christmas album, which he plans to release in the fourth quarter on his Show Dog Nashville label. Unlike 1995's "Christmas to Christmas," which was stocked with originals, Keith's new, as yet untitled album, will be a two-CD set of existing holiday classics.
"I did 10 Christian and 10 Santa Claus songs," Keith says. "One disc has 'White Christmas' and 'Frosty the Snowman'-kind of songs. The other has very Christian-type songs like 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'Silent Night.'"
"I've been meaning to do another (Christmas album) for 10 years," he continues. "I'm not an extremely religious guy, but I am a Christian, and I do know what the meaning of Christmas is. It's time for me to do one."
Keith says that he took a slightly different musical course on the album, too. "I cut it mainly with acoustic instruments," he says. "I called it the bluegrass band -- dobro, fiddle, mandolin, piano, acoustic bass and brushes on the drums. That became a new part of me. I like to hear myself working in that atmosphere and that environment."
Keith is also working on his follow-up film project to last year's "Broken Bridges" -- an adaptation of his 2002 hit "Beer for My Horses." He's currently writing the screenplay, which he says is "nothing like the video. That was very serious; (the movie) is a little more of a 'Smokey and the Bandit'-type of thing, more of a situational comedy, I guess."
Keith hopes to have something ready to shoot in early 2008 and have the film out by the middle of the year. He's also waiting for word about "Convoy," an action film about civilian truck drivers in Afghanistan, and is in discussions to do "a real controversial movie ... with a famous director and producer. It'd be my first big-time, $50-$70 million kind of movie." But, Keith adds, "They're going after some really big Hollywood names to be in it, so I can't really say anything yet. It'll be about 30 days before I'll be able to talk about it."