We’re big fans of Toby Keith. We love his fun tunes, and we love his sentimental ones. We love his easily recognizable voice, and we love his commitment to hardcore country. We love his patriotism and his sense of humor. But more than anything, we love how he loves his fans.
In one word, he’s just a badass.
Toby has been a little more low-key lately. He’s most definitely earned the right to be. Since 2001, the native Oklahoman has been on 18 tours, hitting the road with pals like Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Church, Eric Paslay and even his daughter, Krystal. He’s also cranked out 18 albums, producing 64 singles, 20 of which went to No. 1 and most of which he had a hand in writing and often by himself.
Then there’s the endless work he has done for the U.S.O., music education and the Toby Keith Foundation, which constructed the OK Kids Korral for children who are battling cancer and their families.
And let’s not forget, the chain of Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill restaurants that he launched in 2010, his acting career, his success as an owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, and his 2011 release of his own brand of delicious mezcal, Wild Shot.
Anybody else tired just reading all of that?
Even though Toby has a lot of irons in the fire, he still holds his fans first. And he isn’t afraid to get a little wet in the process.
Back in 2014, through a torrential downpour, Toby remained onstage at the Winstock Music Festival, singing and slapping high-fives, seemingly oblivious to the weather and refusing to go anywhere as long as those fans were there. It’s pretty epic when you look closely at the video, because even as the rain fell, the crowd was pressing to the stage to show their support.
Toby isn’t part of this year’s lineup at Winstock, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be back out, burning up the road on tour again this year. In fact, Toby has his first show of 2018 on April 6 in Salt Lake City, and then he is in full-on fair and festival mode, hitting all of the biggest country music weekends in America. He’ll be at Country Thunder in Arizona, Wisconsin and Canada, as well as the Carolina Country Music Festival, Hodag Country Festival, Cheyenne Frontier Days that combines music and rodeo, Mississippi Valley Festival and Havelock Jamboree. He’ll also be at September’s music-filled Washington State Fair in Puyallup.
And, to paraphrase a few lines from his poignant hit single, “American Soldier,” we don’t think he’s doing it for the money or the glory, he just does it anyway … for his fans.
Don’t forget your raincoats, y’all.