In an exclusive interview with CMT.com, 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 CMT.com, "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
In the two-part interview, which will debut on CMT.com
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."