Country Music’s Contribution to Your July 4th Playlist

Patriotic country song playlist

Independence Day is a time for Americans to come together and celebrate the birth of their nation. It’s a day filled with barbecues, fireworks, and, of course, music. Country music, in particular, has a way of capturing the spirit of patriotism and the love for our great nation. So, as you gear up for your 4th of July celebrations, here is a curated list of the most patriotic country songs to add to your playlist, in no particular order.

Saddle Bronc Rider Chancey Williams Joins Toby Keith’s “Country Comes to Town” Tour This Summer

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WME artist Chancey Williams announces new summer tour dates with country music legend Toby Keith. Tickets are set to go on sale Jan. 31 for the following dates: MetraPark First Interstate Arena in Billings, MT June 19; Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO June 20; and Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, ND July 23.  “We are super excited to play these shows,” commented Williams, “I have been a fan of Toby’s throughout my career, he’s the definition of a superstar.  Plus, we all look up to Toby and his whole team, so it is a real thrill, we can’t wait.”   

Chevrolet Signs On As Presenting Sponsor Debuting The All-New 2019 Silverado

Chevrolet Signs On As Presenting Sponsor Debuting The All-New 2019 Silverado! Tail gate Fest is excited to announce its debut on September first, two thousand eighteen. This one-of-a-kind event will take place outside of The Forum, boasting an impressive first-year line up including Toby Keith, Nelly, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Jana Kramer, Eric Paslay, Parmalee and David Nail. The festival is the first of its kind and marks LA’s first country music festival.

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Toby Keith, Alabama & Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top added to all-star Merle Haggard Tribute lineup 

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SING ME BACK HOME: THE MUSIC OF MERLE HAGGARD AN ALL-STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION  TO BE HELD AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON APRIL 6, 2017 LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT TICKETMASTER Music stars Toby Keith, Alabama & Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top have been added to the all-star lineup at Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, previously reported by The Tennessean. The event is an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. CT in honor of what would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing. This onenight-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to honor the life and songs of music legend Merle Haggard. The new additions to the lineup join previously announced performing artists Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith and Bobby Bare. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Merle Haggard racked up an astounding 38 No. 1 country hits and every major award imaginable. Songs like “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike, and as we approach what would have been a major milestone, the time has come to celebrate his truly remarkable career. He was an iconoclast who refused to bend to country music convention and helped create the indelible Bakersfield sound. He gave voice to outlaws and outsiders and in a way that few, if any, have ever equaled. A limited number of tickets for this all-star concert event are currently available at, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. Keith Wortman, Mark Rothbaum and Theresa Haggard are the creators and executive producers of the show. Don Was, Ben Haggard and Buddy Cannon will serve as music directors and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. “I am so very thankful for this tribute to my husband, Merle Haggard.  Please come join me and my family at this fantastic show that Merle would be so proud of,” said Theresa Haggard. “I am honored to produce a show that celebrates the life and music of Merle Haggard,” says Wortman. “His music and lyrics continue to shape the lives of musicians and millions of fans. I can’t think of any better way to celebrate his 80th birthday than to honor his legacy with this extraordinary event. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening.” FOR COMPLETE SHOW Continue reading Toby Keith, Alabama & Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top added to all-star Merle Haggard Tribute lineup 

CRS Featured Speaker Revealed – Toby Keith: My Way at CRS 2017

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(Nashville, Tenn. – October 3, 2016) – Toby Keith will appear as a featured speaker at Country Radio Seminar 2017.  Sponsored by BMI, Toby Keith: My Way at CRS 2017 will take place Friday, Feb. 24 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. CT. The discussion will explore Keith’s career, what inspired him to take control of his recorded and live music, form his own label and build a business empire on his terms. Keith will also talk about his strong relationship with men and women of the military, and his dedication to charitable initiatives. Leading the discussion will be RJ Curtis and Beverlee Branigan. The appearance marks Keith’s return to the seminar since being recognized with CRB’s Artist Humanitarian Award in 2007; the same year he was the headline artist on Country Radio Seminar’s Music City Jam. The familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn’t begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era’s most complete self-directed hit makers. And Keith’s most recent several months are a remarkably accurate representation of his entire career. He wrote, produced and released his latest single “A Few More Cowboys” to Billboard Hot Shot Debut status and the song is continuing to round up some amens and good-calls on its way up the charts. The release heralds new music following the successful and acclaimed 2015 album 35 mph Town. Toby continues to fill venues coast-to-coast on his current Interstates & Tailgates Tour presented by Ford F-Series. National television performances include kicking off the 2015 season of PBS’ Soundstage, and paying tribute to Merle Haggard on the April, 2016 FOX telecast of the American Count ry Countdown Awards as well as to Glen Campbell and songwriter Jimmy Webb on the September, 2016 CBS telecast of ACM Honors. Even closer to his heart was last year’s performance on TBS’ Neighborhood Sessions and being recognized with the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Award for “remarkable musical contributions and support for US troops around the world.” Capping it all is this year’s Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic which raised another $1.175 million to aid sick children and their families in Oklahoma. From the moment Toby’s debut single “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” shot up the charts to become his first No. 1, the engine driving everything else has been the music. He writes it. He arranges and produces it. And he releases it on his own record label, Show Dog Nashville. At the core is his songwriting, as recognized in his 2015 induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City. The Nashville Songwriters Association International named him Songwriter/Artist of the Decade and he is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. His songs have received more than 87 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. Keith’s albums have sold more than 40 million copies. His tours have drawn more than a million fans each year for more than a decade straight, with recent expansion into Europe and Australia. The awards are too numerous to count and include Artist of the Decade Continue reading CRS Featured Speaker Revealed – Toby Keith: My Way at CRS 2017

Toby Keith is officially joining the Merritt fest party in 2017

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Toby Keith is officially joining the party for next year’s Rockin’ River Fest happening August 3rd-6th 2017   One of country music’s biggest stars will be performing at the 2017 Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt, BC. Merritt, B.C. : 2011 Billboard Music’s Country Artist of the Decade, Toby Keith has been confirmed to headline Rockin’ River Fest, in Merritt B.C.! Save the date for the August long weekend taking place August 3rd to 6th, 2017. In Keith’s impressive two-decade career he has had many chart-topping hits including: Red Solo Cup, Beer For My Horses, How Do You Like Me Now? and I love this Bar. He has charted sixty-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including twenty number one hits and twenty-one additional top 10 hits. Keith’s albums Pull my Chain, Unleashed, and Shock’n Y’all, produced three number ones each, and all of them were certified 4x Platinum. This weekend, Rockin’ River Fest president and founder Kenny Hess took over the main stage to make the big announcement, “the Rockin’ River family is thrilled to announce that everyone’s favorite country star Toby Keith will be standing right here next year! We can’t thank everyone enough for all their support and we are beyond ready to get next year’s party started with Toby Keith!” Advance Tickets, are available for a limited time at or on site at the Guest Services Centre. The Rockin’ River Fest features acres of camping along the beautiful Cold Water River making it arguably the premier outdoor festival site in the country. Held over the August Long weekend the festival features three stages and more than 20 artists.  

Inaugural Oklahoma Songwriters Festival announced for Oklahoma City

Inaugural Oklahoma Songwriters Festival announced for Oklahoma City Oklahoma City, OK (April 11, 2016) – The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to sponsor the inaugural Oklahoma Songwriters Festival, the first-of-it’s kind for Oklahoma. This three-day festival will kick off Thursday, April 28, 2016, with a sponsor reception and conclude with a special “writer round” songwriter showcase on Saturday, April 30 at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab at 7:00 p.m. featuring performances by several talented Oklahoma songwriters and prolific Nashville songwriters including Festival founder and Ada, Oklahoma native, Zac Maloy. “Part of our goal is to create momentum and broaden relationships with the Oklahoma music community, while providing a unique set of performances not readily available to the local music scene in Oklahoma,” said Maloy. “Oklahoma has produced a tremendous lineup of talented songwriters, ranging from J.J. Cale and Leon Russell to Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood,” Governor Mary Fallin said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for budding songwriters to learn from professionals and for all to share ideas and tips. Oklahoma is proud to host this creative and fun event. Who knows? A hit as big as ‘Oklahoma Hills’ or ‘Okie from Muskogee’ may have its origins at the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival.” Several Oklahoma songwriters were invited by the festival organizers to participate in daytime writing sessions with Nashville songwriters. Artists will spend time creating new material with the goal of taking it back to Nashville to be pitched to industry tastemakers and major record labels. OF+MO Director, Tava Maloy Sofsky, notes that, “It is an honor to have my brother, Zac, bring his friends from Music City back home to mentor and work with our ever-so-talented local music community.” The first performance of the festival was curated by Greg Johnson, owner of OKC’s legendary listening room, The Blue Door, Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m, featuring an Oklahoma Songwriter showcase with Michael Fracasso, Kierston White and a special appearance by Beau Jennings. Two music industry panels will be held on Saturday morning, April 30, at ACM@UCO’s Performance Lab at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Distinguished panelists include three Nashville songwriters and a publisher, Greg Johnson and ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director, Scott Booker, who are all honored to support this opportunity for Oklahoma songwriters. “Songwriting is a key element of the music industry that is easily forgotten. Songwriters are often the Oz behind the curtain helping turn an artist into something even more magical,” said Booker. The panel discussions are free and open to the public, though reserved seating is required. Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., the festival will head to the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, also in Bricktown, for intimate “writer round” style performances, a format frequently used in Nashville as it allows songwriters the opportunity to perform their original songs, often made popular by chart-topping artists, and tell the stories of how the songs were created. At this showcase, new music will be performed by acclaimed Oklahoma singer songwriter JD McPherson; Marcus Hummon who wrote the Continue reading Inaugural Oklahoma Songwriters Festival announced for Oklahoma City