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James Otto rides with Toby Keith on tour

Monday, April 12, 2010 – Soulful country singer James Otto hits the road this summer with Toby Keith on 16 dates across the U.S.

Otto will join Keith, along with special guest Trace Adkins, on select dates of the American Ride Tour June 19 through Aug 22.

"Toby has always been an artist I look up to and respect in our industry," said Otto. "From being a great entertainer, to songwriter to businessman, he has done it all with his own style and with big time success. I am truly honored he would ask me to join him on his summer tour."

Otto released his new single, Groovy Little Summer Song, from his forthcoming album, to radio on March 8. In 2008, Otto spawned the Billboard's number one Hot Country Song with Just Got Started Lovin' You, the lead single off of his debut album, "Sunset Man."

Tour dates are:

June 19 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

June 20 Cleveland Blossom Music Center

July 9 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheatre

July 10 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion

July 11 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 23 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheatre

July 24 Seattle White River Amphitheatre

Aug. 6 Mt. View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

Aug. 7 San Diego Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Aug. 8 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion

Aug. 12 Albuquerque, NM The Pavilion

Aug. 13 Denver Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Aug. 14 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

Aug. 20 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Aug. 21 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Center

Aug. 22 Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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