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Toby Keith, Hank Williams, Rascal Flatts, Reba offer new CDs

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 – Toby Keith, a trove of unreleased Hank Williams material, a Reba McEntire CD and the first Rascal Flatts greatest hits package top the list of new releases out today.

The ever prolific Keith releases "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy" on his own label, ShowDog Nashville. The first single is the hit She Never Cried in Front of Me. Keith wrote had a hand in writing all 11 songs, most with Bobby Pinson.

"The Unreleased Hank Williams" (Time Life) contains 54 songs recorded by Williams on a release that was tied up in family legal issues. In 1951, Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother's Best Flour Company on radio. He sang with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as many songs he never recorded commercially anywhere else. Each of the 3 discs contains 18 songs. The set contains many gospel songs as well.

Rascal Flatts has proven to be one of the most successful acts out there. "Greatest Hits Volume 1" (Lyric Street) contains all previously released material (What Hurts The Most, Life Is A Highway, I'm Movin' On and Bless The Broken Road. A limited edition version will include three newly recorded Christmas songs as bonus tracks - White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock and an a capella version of I'll Be Home For Christmas.

Reba McEntire is represented with "50 Greatest Hits" (MCA/UME), which contains no new songs among the 50 on the 3-CD set spanning most of her career - from 1984 to 2007.

Lucinda Williams released a politically-bent, digital only, four-song Live EP "Lu in 08." The EP features three covers and one Williams original. The tracks are Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, Bob Dylan's Masters Of War, Thievery Corporation/Flaming Lips collaboration Marching The Hate Machines and the unreleased Bone Of Contention. The three covers were recorded live in Greensboro, N.C. in September 2007 and "Bone Of Contention" in Milwaukee in July. The EP comes out two weeks after a Williams full-length CD, "Little Honey."

Newcomers Joey + Rory are out with "The Life of a Song" (Sugar Hill). The Nashville-area based couple recorded a dozen songs on their debut, which has a traditional country sound. The couple appeared on the TV reality show Can You Duet. Rory is Rory Lee Feek, who has gained acclaim as a songwriter.

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