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 ticketmaster.com, 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 https://rockinriverfest.com/ 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

Toby Keith – Rum Is the Reason Lyric Video

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It seems that Oklahoma native, Toby Keith, has caught a bit of the island bug this fall as he releases the official lyric video to his new single “Rum is the Reason“. The track is now available on Apple Music, but of course we’ve got it right here for your listening pleasure! [bctt tweet=”Check out the lyric video for @TobyKeithMusic’s #RumIsTheReason!”]  

Toby Keith Opens Brand New Restaurant Chain!

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We already love Toby Keith‘s I Love This Bar & Grill, and it seems he loves the restaurant business so much he’s starting another chain! Big Dog Daddy’s Ice House opened its doors in Norman, Oklahoma recently and fans are already sending in rave reviews. It’s a build-your-own-pizza with other standard American fare like burgers and dogs, and it’s the first location of what he hopes will turn into many. Of course when he’s not slinging plates, he’s still filling seats on his “Shut Up and Hold On” tour, so there’s plenty of ways to get your fix of the Big Dog Daddy!

The Toby Keith Foundation To Open Doors To Cost-Free Home For Children With Cancer

After years of planning and fundraising, The Toby Keith Foundation will officially open their doors to love and hope at OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home away from home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. “We’ve been working on the Korral for 10 years and we’re finally going to open,” said Toby Keith. The Grand Opening Event is set for Thursday, November 21, 2013, with the official ceremony starting at 11:00am. Find out more directly from Show Dog Universal!

Toby Keith Releases Drinks After Work Album with Exclusive ‘ZinePak The ‘ZinePak, only at Walmart, is most indepth album pack

NEW YORK – Country music fans everywhere cheered when singer-¬songwriter Toby Keith announced his upcoming album Drinks After Work would be available on October 29, 2013. To add to the excitement, Keith is showing his fans extra love by partnering with entertainment company ‘ZinePak to create the ultimate deluxe version of Drinks After Work. Fans can pre-order the pack driectly from Wal-Mart at http://smarturl.it/DAWzinepak Find out more directly from Show Dog Universal!

About Toby Keith

Toby Keith spent the ’90s as a solid, workmanlike country star who met with considerable chart success, yet never quite broke free of the neo-traditionalist pack to become a household name like Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson. That all changed in 2002 when he recorded “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” a response to September 11 that became one of country’s most highly charged political statements since Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee.” The media furor ensured that even people with no knowledge of country songs still knew him as “the guy with the ‘boot in the ass’ song,” and helped make Keith a genuine phenomenon. Yet he’d been recording for nearly a decade prior and already had several chart-topping country singles to his credit.

Keith was born Toby Keith Covel in Clinton, OK, in 1961 and grew up mostly on a farm in Moore, up there with the outskirts of Oklahoma City. He took up guitar at age eight, inspired by the country musicians who played at the supper club his grandmother ran. He listened to his father’s Bob Wills records and fell in love with Haggard’s music. He worked as a rodeo hand during in high school, and after graduation, he found work in the nearby oil fields. In the meantime, he formed the Easy Money group and played Alabama-style country-rock in area honky tonks. After about three years, the oil industry hit a major downturn, and Keith turned to performing semipro football for a USFL farm team, even trying out (unsuccessfully) for the short-lived league’s Oklahoma City franchise. not long after two years as a football player, Keith decided to attention on music and adopted a much more rigorous giving concerts schedule. He cut a few records for local indie labels, and his demo tape eventually found its way to onetime Alabama producer Harold Shedd, who helped Keith land a deal with Mercury.

Keith’s self-titled debut record was put forth in 1993 and made him an out-of-the-box success with its chart-topping single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” Three more music from the album — “Wish I Didn’t Know Now,” “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action,” and “He Ain’t Worth Missing” — made the Top Five, and the album sold over two million albums. “Who’s That Man,” the lead single from his second album, Boomtown, was released in late 1994 and became his second number one; Boomtown hit stores in early 1995 and went gold on the strength of further Top Ten favorites “Upstairs Downtown” and “You Ain’t Much Fun.” Keith followed it later that year with the holiday album Christmas to Christmas and returned with the proper record Blue Moon in 1996. Its first two singles, “A Woman’s Touch” and “Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You,” went Top Ten, and the third, “Me Too,” gave Keith his third number one, also helping the album go platinum. released in 1997, Dream Walkin’ marked his first collaboration with prolific producer James Stroud, with whom he would work regularly from then on. “We Were in Love” and the title track were both Top Five hits, as was “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying,” a duet with Sting. However, Keith longed for an even bigger breakthrough, and he was growing dissatisfied with Mercury’s promotional efforts. In 1999, he left the label and came Stroud over to the Nashville division of DreamWorks.

Keith’s label debut, How Do You Like Me Now?!, appeared in late 1999 and started to bring him the wider recognition he felt poised for. The title cut went to number one on the country charts and brought him his first Top 40 pop hit; its follow-up, “Country Comes to Town,” went Top Five, and “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” also hit number one. Overall, the record had a rough, brash attitude that helped give Keith a stronger identity as a performer. It was also the first to bring him those long-desired major industry awards, when in 2001 the Academy of Country material named him Male vocalist of the Year and named How Do You Like Me Now?! its record of the Year. In the meantime, Keith became more visible in the mainstream media, making cameos on Touched by an Angel and in a Dukes of Hazzard tv reunion movie as well as co-starring in a series of telephone commercials. Later in 2001, his follow-up album, Pull My Chain, became his first to top the country charts and also his first Top Ten pop record. It spun off three number one singles: “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight,” “I Wanna Talk About Me,” and “My List.”

Keith was already a burgeoning superstar when he recorded “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” in the summer of 2002. A raging response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the song struck a fierce chord with aggressively patriotic listeners, during others condemned it as knee-jerk jingoism. The whole controversy came to a head when ABC News anchor Peter Jennings objected to Keith’s scheduled performance on a network Fourth of July schedule. Keith was axed from the guest list, and the ensuing media flap proved to be a publicity coup. Meanwhile, the song went to number one on the country charts and crossed over into the pop Top 25. All of this set the stage for Unleashed, which sold like hotcakes upon its release later in 2002, debuting at number one on both the country and pop charts. “Who’s Your Daddy?” was a number one country hit, and the Willie Nelson duet “Beer for My Horses” also made the country Top Ten.

In 2003 Keith put forth Shock’n Y’All, which despite its title was chock-full of enough rough-and-rowdy hits to once again connect hugely with heartland America. Honkytonk University came in May 2005, the same year that Mercury gave us Chronicles, a collection of three of his biggest albums: Toby Keith, Boomtown, and Blue Moon. After departing from Universal and longtime producer Stroud, Keith established his own company, Show Dog Nashville, and in 2006 released the label’s first record, the number two hit White Trash with Money. A year later he put forth Big Dog Daddy, the first record he produced himself, and also a holiday album, A Classic Christmas. That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy came in 2008.