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TobyToby Keith has become a cornerstone country artist by giving his fans what they want, and it can be found on the new album "Honky Tonk University" in spades, via 12 cuts penned by Keith and such co-writers as Scotty Emerick and Dean Dillon.

More traditional than some previous efforts, Keith plays the backslider with Merle Haggard on "She Ain't Hooked on Me No More," charges hard on an exercise in rationalization in "She Left Me" and smolders on the resigned ballad "Knock Yourself Out." Never taking himself too seriously, Keith showcases trademark humor on two big winners, "You Ain't Leavin' (Thank God Are Ya)" and the realist treatise "As Good as I Once Was."

Keith will hit the road this summer on the Big Throwdown II tour, beginning June 10 in Charlotte, N.C. Lee Ann Womack and Shooter Jennings will also be on the bill for the trek, which has dates on tap through Aug. 26 in Hershey, Pa.