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Hear Toby Keith's Classic Country History Lesson, 'That's Country Bro'

Toby Keith name-drops a long list of  heroes in his rollicking new single "That's Country Bro," a honky tonk primer on country music history.

The song, which Keith wrote with Bobby Pinson, features a rapid-fire list of names, from Jimmie Rogers and Patsy Cline to George Strait and Randy Travis and even references country and western themed television shows and movies such as  "The Andy Griffith Show," "Hee Haw," "Bonanza," "The Dukes of Hazard," "Gunsmoke" and "Smokey and the Bandit."

Keith, who released his debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy" in 1993, seems to be on a mission to give a crash course in country to some of the genre's newcomers.

"If you're gonna be country you oughta know a little bit of somethin' 'bout the roots and the boots and the rhinestone suits that started this rodeo," Keith sings.

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The singer will kick off his That's Country Bro! Tour on May 26 in Forest city, Iowa.

'That's Country Bro' Lyrics:

Jimmie Rodgers, Patsy Cline
We lost Hank at 29
Roy Acuff, Johnny Horton
Dancin' Bill Monroe
Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills
Spade Cooley, Kitty Wells
Jimmy Dean and Big John
and Ol' Hank Snow

Heard 'em every weekend
Opry tuned in on that AM radio
That's country, bro
Yeah, that's country bro

Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash
Porter Wagoner and The Hag
Faron, Lefty, Roger Miller, King of the Road
Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wy
Buck and Don and Charley Pride
Marty Robbins and the Possum, Ol' George Jones

Heard 'em all grownin' up in daddy's farm truck
eight track stereo
That's country, bro

If you're gonna be country you oughta know
A little bit of somethin' 'bout the roots and the boots
and the rhinestone suits that started this rodeo
That's country bro
Yeah, that's country bro

Emmylou and Conway Twitty
M-M-Mel and Detroit City
Crystal Gayle and Willie, Waylon and David Allan Coe
Earl Thomas, Eddie Rabbit, Shenandoah, Alabama
George Strait and Randy Travis, diggin' up bones

Saw 'em on 'Hee Haw,' singin' in their overalls
Junior was the star of the show
That's country, bro
Yeah, that's country bro

Bo and Luke and Daisy Duke
Smokey and the Bandit 1 and 2
Jerry Reed and Jerry Clower
Glen Campbell's Good Time Hour
John Wayne and Marshal Dillon
Roy Rogers, Andy Griffith
Ben and Adam, Hoss and Little Joe...and Festus
That's country, bro
Yeah that's country, bro
That's country, bro
Yeah

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