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Trace Adkins Looks For Joy On Toby Keith’s Label

Trace Adkins is leaving his record label, Capitol Nashville, to join Show Dog-Universal, a company headed by Toby Keith. Adkins and Keith signed the contract during a press conference at BMI’s offices on Jan. 13.
Adkins’ exit from Capitol Nashville came as a major surprise. He had recorded ten albums for the label throughout his career, including two greatest hits compilations.
Adkins was drawn to working with Keith after watching him perform during their America's Toughest tour in 2009. He said when Keith came off stage, he looked like "an 12-year-old on Christmas morning…I knew he wasn't acting because he's not that good an actor. I said to myself, 'I want some of that.'"
Keith launched Show Dog Nashville in 2005 after recording for several labels. In December, he announced Show Dog's merger with the Universal South label to become Show Dog-Universal Music. Keith will serve as CEO of the new label, and Universal South executive Mark Wright will become president.