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Toby Keith, James Otto Line Up for Top 20

Top 20 Country Countdown host Nan Kelley visits with Toby Keith backstage on his American Ride Tour.

Top 20 Country Countdown host Nan Kelley visits with Toby Keith backstage on his American Ride Tour.

They spent much of the summer together on the American Ride Tour, and this weekend, James Otto and Toby Keith will both check in with host Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown.

Their joint concert run is not the only thing James and Toby have in common — they’ve both shown a strong support for the military, too. Toby makes an annual trip overseas to perform for troops on the frontlines, and he put his feelings down in song with “American Soldier.”

James is likewise demonstrating his appreciation for the folks in uniform with his newest single, “Soldiers & Jesus.” It’s from his latest album, Shake What God Gave Ya, set for release Sept. 14.

“I’m part of a military family,” James says of the song. “My dad was an Army Ranger drill sergeant for 23 years, and my grandfather is a Korean War vet. I served in the Navy myself. Also, being a guy who considers himself a Christian, I think this song has a interesting twist: ‘There are only two people that have ever given their lives for me, and it has been soldiers and Jesus.’ Regardless of the politics that can often divide our nation, I think it’s always important to support our troops who defend our right to worship as we each see fit.”

Top 20 Country Countdown counts down the week’s top country videos from No. 20 to No. 1 as voted by viewers on each week on A new countdown premieres every Friday at 8 p.m. ET on GAC and airs again Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET; Sundays at 1 p.m. ET; and Mondays at 10 a.m. ET. Viewers can vote for their favorite videos, as well as purchase Top 20 artists’ albums and ringtones at

Click here to preview each song on our Top 20 list and download the ones you want!


1. Carrie Underwood “Undo It”
2. Blake Shelton “All About Tonight”
3. Miranda Lambert “Only Prettier”
4. Katie Armiger “Leaving Home”
5. Sugarland “Stuck Like Glue”
6. Toby Keith “Trailerhood”
7. Gary Allan “Get Off On The Pain”
8. Rodney Atkins “Farmer’s Daughter”
9. Danny Gokey “I Will Not Say Goodbye”
10. Kellie Pickler “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again”
11. Chuck Wicks “Hold That Thought”
12. Little Big Town “Little White Church”
13. Chris Young “Voices”
14. The Band Perry “If I Die Young”
15. Trace Adkins “This Ain’t No Love Song”
16. Laura Bell Bundy “Drop On By”
17. Alan Jackson “Hard Hat And A Hammer”
18. Steve Azar “Sunshine (Everyone Needs A Little)”
19. Miranda Lambert “The House That Built Me”
20. Billy Currington “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer”


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