Toby Keith was asked in an interview if he thinks Taylor Swift is ordinary or legendary. He said she's too new to the game for legend status...but he did give her serious props.

He said, quote, "Taylor Swift's probably the best female songwriter that's come along in the past 20 years.  She's great, but she can't be legendary because she hasn't been around that long."

Toby also had an interesting take on the return of GARTH BROOKS:  Quote, "He's coming back at a time when it'll be really interesting to see because [record] labels are struggling to find an identity right now.  If he can't do it then nobody can."

As far as what we can expect from Toby.  He'll be releasing a new single in late summer or early fall.  It'll be the first single from a new album, but he didn't say exactly when that'll be out.


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