June 20, 2008 Toby Keith has total control over his music now that he owns his own record company, Show Dog Nashville. Unfortunately, he has much less control over how people find the music, and that has left him a bit confused.
"I dont even know what to do with the [next] album," he says. "We dont know whats gonna happen with the recording industry."
Currently, Tobys cut 10 songs, and four of them are completed tracks. The other six still need to have some instruments and/or background vocals added in overdubbing, and Toby wants to give his lead vocals another run before he considers them finished.
But he still faces the same problem the major labels do, in that having music digitized and available one track at a time has hurt recording income.
"Its pretty much a 99-cent world," he says.
As a result, hes not sure whether to release an entire album at one time after he puts out the first single or wait until perhaps three or four tracks have made the radio before he makes the CD available. Tobys always been a businessman as well as a musician, so hes certainly willing to roll up his sleeves on the issue. No matter how the business part of his career pans out, he doesnt plan to give up on his passion.
"It wont keep me from making music," he promises.
Toby kicked off his Biggest & Baddest Tour last night in Birmingham, Ala., with Montgomery Gentry and three acts that he signed to Show Dog: Carters Chord, Trailer Choir and Mica Roberts.