Toby Keith and Trace Adkins will always stand up for their country, and we love them for it YouTube
Toby Keith and Trace Adkins perform in Noblesville, IN in 2008

There are some people you just don’t want to fight.

Toby Keith is one of them.

Trace Adkins is another.

Stand them together with an American flag guitar and a blistering song such as “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and chances are that nobody would want to go up against that.

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The two towering country stars came together in August of 2010 to deliver a rousing rendition of “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” a song that went to number one over the Fourth of July weekend merely 10 months after the Sept. 11 attacks, unifying the country as a rallying cry.

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Though it’s hard to believe, Toby initially refused to record the song and only sang it live at his concerts for military personnel. The reaction was so strong, though, that the Commandant of the Marine Corps, James L. Jones told Keith it was his duty as an American citizen to record the song. “It’s your job as an entertainer to lift the morale of the troops,” Jones said to Keith. “If you want to serve, that is what you can do.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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