Superstar Toby Keith kicked off his new Big Throwdown last week and CMT Insider gives viewers a front row seat to all the action at his Chicago show. Country star Terri Clark helped get the party started and host Katie Cook was on hand to join in the excitement. Country duo Montgomery Gentry recently earned their first No. 1 hit for "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," and with a No. 1 hit, there's always a party. CMT Insider was on hand we'll take fans inside the celebration. America's best athletes are gearing up for their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of representing their country at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. When we found out two track and field athletes were big country music fans, we knew we had to wish them well. Correspondent Lisa Lee made a special visit to the Olympic training facility in Southern California to catch up with the hurdler Brenda Taylor and discus thrower Ian Waltz before they headed out and give them each a special gift from their favorite artists. As members of the Muzik Mafia continue to gain fame on the country charts, we are looking to the next generation of hopefuls to see what country music's future looks like. Several singer-songwriters in the Nashville area have dubbed themselves the Mafia Misfits, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich. In the last of our three part series on the Muzik Mafia, we'll get to know some of these artists and find out if they have the goods to move up to the Mafia. Also on tap for this episode, we'll catch up with new artist Rachel Proctor for one of her writing sessions; take a look at new album releases from Andy Griggs and Malibu Storm; get this week's Hit List from Lance Smith; and get a lowdown on the upcoming Tom Cruise movie Collateral.moreless
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