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Is Toby right about country music?

by Randy Allen

Some call it hip-hop country!  Toby says it might be quitting time! 

Toby's new album, "Drinks After Work", features traditional country, including the swinging “Last Living Cowboy.” But Toby knows it’s difficult to get such traditional-sounding songs played on country radio.

He tells Country Weekly, “There are a lot of those types of songs . . . but you play that for [the label’s radio promotion staff], and they’re like, ‘Eh, it doesn’t sound like what’s going on the radio today'. Well, OK.”

Toby went on, “You hear the hip-hop thing start kicking in, and you start going, ‘Is that what we gotta do now to have a hit?’ I don’t know how to do that,” he says. “Is that what I need every one of my songs to sound like now? But . . . I’m not going to change much. And when it quits working, I’ve got other stuff to do.”