Toby Keith Reacts to Maines’ Comments in Upcoming Interview

In an exclusive interview with, Toby Keith continues the verbal sparring with the Dixie Chicks ’ Natalie Maines. Earlier in the summer, Maines criticized Keith’s No. 1 hit, “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American),” especially the lyrics, which Keith wrote partially about his father’s patriotism.

Among many other Maines-related comments, Keith told, “That’s what I do — I write songs. And I’ve had a string of number ones that I don’t think anybody can take away from me. I have been BMI’s Songwriter of the Year. I am a big-time songwriter and, first and foremost, a songwriter. So, I’m in the big-league of that. By you asking me what my opinion on what I think about what she said about me, that’s like asking Barry Bonds what he thought about what a softball player said about his swing.”

In the two-part interview, which will debut on on Dec. 13, Keith also discusses bringing young people into country music, what Alan Jackson whispered to him at the CMA Awards, and when he’ll call it quits. The interview coincides with CMT’s “Toby TV” weekend, which airs Dec. 14-15. Keith makes his Grand Ole Opry debut on Dec. 14, following an appearance on CMT Most Wanted Live’s “12 Days of Christmas.”