Toby Keith
Overview
Toby Keith Covel best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

 singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums — 1993's Toby Keith
Toby Keith (album)
Toby Keith is the self-titled debut album from American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in 1993 on Polygram Records, it features the singles "Should've Been a Cowboy", "He Ain't Worth Missing", "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action", and "Wish I Didn't Know Now". Respectively, these...

, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon
Blue Moon (Toby Keith album)
Blue Moon is the title of an album released in 1996 by American country music artist Toby Keith. The third album of his career and his only album for A&M Records , it was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies in the United States...

 and 1997's Dream Walkin'
Dream Walkin'
Dream Walkin' is a 1997 studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. His last studio album for Mercury Records , it was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies...

, plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records
Mercury Records
Mercury Records is a record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the Island Def Jam Motown Music Group in the US; both are subsidiaries of Universal Music Group. There is also a Mercury Records in Australia, which is a local artist and repertoire division of Universal...

 before exiting in 1998. These albums all earned gold or higher certification, and produced several chart singles, including his debut "Should've Been a Cowboy
Should've Been a Cowboy
"Should've Been a Cowboy" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in February 1993, it was the lead off single released from Toby's first album Toby Keith. On June 5, 1993, it reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart...

", which topped the country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s.
Encyclopedia
Toby Keith Covel best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

 singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums — 1993's Toby Keith
Toby Keith (album)
Toby Keith is the self-titled debut album from American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in 1993 on Polygram Records, it features the singles "Should've Been a Cowboy", "He Ain't Worth Missing", "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action", and "Wish I Didn't Know Now". Respectively, these...

, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon
Blue Moon (Toby Keith album)
Blue Moon is the title of an album released in 1996 by American country music artist Toby Keith. The third album of his career and his only album for A&M Records , it was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies in the United States...

 and 1997's Dream Walkin'
Dream Walkin'
Dream Walkin' is a 1997 studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. His last studio album for Mercury Records , it was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies...

, plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records
Mercury Records
Mercury Records is a record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the Island Def Jam Motown Music Group in the US; both are subsidiaries of Universal Music Group. There is also a Mercury Records in Australia, which is a local artist and repertoire division of Universal...

 before exiting in 1998. These albums all earned gold or higher certification, and produced several chart singles, including his debut "Should've Been a Cowboy
Should've Been a Cowboy
"Should've Been a Cowboy" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in February 1993, it was the lead off single released from Toby's first album Toby Keith. On June 5, 1993, it reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart...

", which topped the country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated
Broadcast Music Incorporated
Broadcast Music, Inc. is one of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed...

.

Signed to Nashville DreamWorks in 1998, Keith released his breakthrough single "How Do You Like Me Now?!
How Do You Like Me Now?! (song)
"How Do You Like Me Now?!" is the title of a song, released in November 1999, by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was the second single released from the album How Do You Like Me Now?!. Keith wrote it with Chuck Cannon....

" that year. This song, the title track to his 1999 album of the same name
How Do You Like Me Now?!
How Do You Like Me Now?! is the fifth studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. It was his first album for DreamWorks Records after parting ways with Mercury Records after Mercury Nashville rejected this album. After buying the master, Keith gave the album to DreamWorks...

, was the Number One country song of 2000, and one of several chart-toppers during his tenure on DreamWorks Nashville. His next three albums, Pull My Chain
Pull My Chain
Pull My Chain is the title of an album by American country music artist Toby Keith, released in 2001 on DreamWorks Records Nashville. The album has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum in the U.S. for sales of two million copies...

, Unleashed
Unleashed (Toby Keith album)
Unleashed is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's seventh studio album, released in 2002 on DreamWorks Records Nashville...

, and Shock'n Y'all
Shock'n Y'all
-References:...

, produced three more Number Ones each, and all of the albums were certified multi-platinum. A second Greatest Hits package followed in 2004, and after that, he released Honkytonk University
Honkytonk University
Honkytonk University is an album by country music singer Toby Keith, released in 2005. The album has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum for sales of in excess of 2 million units....

.

When Dreamworks closed in 2005, Keith founded his own label, Show Dog Nashville
Show Dog Nashville
Show Dog-Universal Music is an American independent record label specializing in country music artists. It was formed from the merger of Show Dog Nashville and Universal South Records in 2009...

, which became part of Show Dog-Universal Music
Show Dog-Universal Music
Show Dog-Universal Music is an American independent record label specializing in country music artists. It was formed from the merger of Show Dog Nashville and Universal South Records in 2009...

 in December 2009. He has released five studio albums on this label: 2006's White Trash with Money
White Trash with Money
White Trash with Money is the eleventh album by country music superstar Toby Keith, which was released on April 11, 2006. It is Keith's first album on his own Show Dog Nashville label. The album shipped platinum, meaning one million or more units were distributed to outlets ahead of its release.It...

, 2007's Big Dog Daddy
Big Dog Daddy
Big Dog Daddy is the twelfth studio album released by country singer Toby Keith. It was released June 12, 2007. Its first single, High Maintenance Woman, which was released before the album came out, peaked at number three on the country charts. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the...

, 2008's That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy is the twelfth studio release from American country music artist Toby Keith. The album was released October 28, 2008 on Show Dog Nashville, Keith's own label, and was produced by Keith himself. He wrote or co-wrote all the songs on this album, collaborating with Bobby...

, 2009's American Ride
American Ride
American Ride is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's thirteenth studio album. It was released on October 6, 2009, under Keith's personal label, Show Dog Nashville. Its lead-off single is the title track, which became his 19th #1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts...

 and 2010's Bullets in the Gun
Bullets in the Gun
Upon its release, Bullets in the Gun received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable...

 as well as the compilation 35 Biggest Hits
35 Biggest Hits
-Disc 2:-Chart performance:-References:...

. He has also signed several other acts to the label, including Trailer Choir
Trailer Choir
Trailer Choir is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Vinny Hickerson and Marc Fortney, known by their respective stage names Big Vinny and Butter. The group began as trio with Crystal Hoyt and was signed to Show Dog Nashville, a label owned by Toby Keith, in 2006...

, Carter's Chord
Carter's Chord
Carter's Chord is an American country music group composed of sisters Becky Robertson, Emily Fortney and Joanna Robertson, all of whom are singer-songwriters and vocalists...

, Flynnville Train
Flynnville Train
Flynnville Train is an American country rock band. Their self-titled debut album was released on September 11, 2007, and it produced two singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts...

, Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins
Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations...

, Mac McAnally
Mac McAnally
Lyman Corbitt "Mac" McAnally, Jr. is an American country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. In his career, he has recorded ten studio albums and eight singles. Two of his singles were hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and six more on the Hot Country Songs charts...

 and Mica Roberts
Mica Roberts
Mica Roberts is an American country music artist signed to Show Dog Nashville, a vanity label owned by country singer Toby Keith....

. Keith also made his acting debut in 2005, starring in the film Broken Bridges
Broken Bridges
Broken Bridges is a 2006 film starring Toby Keith, Lindsey Haun, Burt Reynolds and Kelly Preston. The film, a music-drama, is centred on a fading country singer's return to his hometown near a military base in Kentucky where several young men who were killed in a training exercise on the base were...

 and co-starred with comedian Rodney Carrington
Rodney Carrington
Rodney Scott Carrington is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist. He has released six major-label studio albums and a greatest-hits package, on Mercury Records and Capitol Records. His comedy act typically combines stand-up comedy and original songs...

 in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses
Beer for My Horses (film)
Beer for My Horses is a 2008 American feature film comedy. The film stars country music entertainer Toby Keith and is based on his song by the same name...

.

Keith has released thirteen studio albums, two Christmas albums, and multiple compilation albums. He has also charted more than forty singles on the Billboard
Billboard (magazine)
Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry, and is one of the oldest trade magazines in the world. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis...

 Hot Country Songs
Hot Country Songs
Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States.This 60-position chart lists the most popular country music songs, calculated weekly mostly by airplay and occasionally commercial sales...

 charts, including nineteen Number One hits and sixteen additional Top Ten hits. His longest-lasting Number One hits are "Beer for My Horses
Beer for My Horses
"Beer for My Horses" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artists Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. It was released in April 2003 as the fourth and final single from Keith's 2002 album Unleashed. The song spent six weeks at Number One on the U.S...

" (a 2003 duet with Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie , combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust , made Nelson one of the most recognized...

) and "As Good as I Once Was
As Good as I Once Was
"As Good as I Once Was" is a single by American country music singer Toby Keith that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. This song and his 2003 single "Beer for My Horses" are both his longest-running Number One hits, each having spent six weeks at Number One...

" (2005), at six weeks each.

Early life

Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma
Clinton, Oklahoma
Clinton is a city in Custer and Washita counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 9,033 at the 2010 census.-History:The community began in 1899 when two men, J.L. Avant and E.E...

, the son of Carolyn Joan (née Ross) and Hubert K. Covel Jr. He has a sister, Tonni, and a brother, Tracy. The family lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. With a population of 86,209 in 2010, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents which encompasses the Arkansas...

, for a few years when Keith was in grade school, but moved to Moore, Oklahoma
Moore, Oklahoma
Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 55,081 at the 2010 census, making it the seventh largest city in the state of Oklahoma....

 (a suburb of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 31st among United States cities in population. The city's population, from the 2010 census, was 579,999, with a metro-area population of 1,252,987 . In 2010, the Oklahoma...

) when he was still young. Before the family moved to Moore, he visited his grandmother in Fort Smith during the summers. His grandmother owned Billie Garner's Supper Club in Fort Smith, where Keith became interested in the musicians who came there to play. He did odd jobs around the supper club and started getting up on the bandstand to play with the band. He got his first guitar at the age of eight. After the family moved to Moore, Oklahoma
Moore, Oklahoma
Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 55,081 at the 2010 census, making it the seventh largest city in the state of Oklahoma....

, Keith attended Highland West Junior High and Moore High School, where he played defensive end
Defensive end
Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football.This position has designated the players at each end of the defensive line, but changes in formations have substantially changed how the position is played over the years...

 on a football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 team.

Keith graduated from Moore High School and worked as a derrick
Derrick
A derrick is a lifting device composed of one tower, or guyed mast such as a pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is controlled by lines powered by some means such as man-hauling or motors, so that the pole can move in all four directions. A line runs up it and over its top with a hook on...

 hand in the oil fields. He worked his way up to become an operation manager. At the age of 20, he and his friends Scott Webb, Keith Cory and Danny Smith, with a few others, formed the band Easy Money, which played at local bars as he continued to work in the oil industry. At times, he would have to leave in the middle of a concert if he was paged to work in the oil field.

In 1982, the oil industry in Oklahoma began a rapid decline and Keith soon found himself unemployed. He fell back on his football training and played defensive end with the semi-pro Oklahoma City Drillers while continuing to perform with his band. (The Drillers were an unofficial farm club of the United States Football League
United States Football League
The United States Football League was an American football league which was in active operation from 1983 to 1987. It played a spring/summer schedule in its first three seasons and a traditional autumn/winter schedule was set to commence before league operations ceased.The USFL was conceived in...

's Oklahoma Outlaws; Keith tried out for the Outlaws but did not make the team.) He then returned to focus once again on music. His family and friends were doubtful he would succeed, but in 1984, Easy Money began playing the honky tonk
Honky tonk
A honky-tonk is a type of bar that provides musical entertainment to its patrons...

 circuit in Oklahoma and Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

. The band cut a single titled "Blue Moon", which received some airplay on local radio stations in Oklahoma.

Career

In the early 1990s, Keith went to Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home...

, where he hung out and busked
Busking
Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities, which are generally in the form of money and edibles...

 on Music Row
Music Row
Music Row is an area just to the southwest of Downtown Nashville, Tennessee that is home to hundreds of businesses related to the country music, gospel music, and Contemporary Christian music industries...

 and at a place called Houndogs. He distributed copies of a demo
Demo (music)
A demo version or demo of a song is one recorded for reference rather than for release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas on tape or disc, and provide an example of those ideas to record labels, producers or other artists...

 tape the band had made to the many record companies in the city. There was no interest by any of the record labels, and Keith returned home feeling depressed. He had promised himself to have a recording contract by the time he was 30 years old or give up on music as a career, and had already passed that age without any prospects for a contract.

Fortunately for Keith, a flight attendant and fan of his gave a copy of Keith's demo tape to Harold Shedd
Harold Shedd
Harold Shedd is a music industry executive and producer, best known for his role as producer of the country group Alabama as well as Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Toby Keith...

, a Mercury Records
Mercury Records
Mercury Records is a record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the Island Def Jam Motown Music Group in the US; both are subsidiaries of Universal Music Group. There is also a Mercury Records in Australia, which is a local artist and repertoire division of Universal...

 executive, while he was traveling on a flight she was working. Shedd enjoyed what he heard, went to see Keith perform live and then signed him to a recording contract with Mercury. His debut single, "Should've Been a Cowboy" (1993), went to number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart, and his self-titled debut album was certified platinum
RIAA certification
In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. Other countries have similar awards...

. Other hit singles included "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action
"A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action" is the title of a song written by Keith Hinton and Jimmy Alan Stewart, and recorded by American country music singer Toby Keith. It was released in November 1993 as the third single from his self-titled debut album...

" and "Wish I Didn't Know Now
Wish I Didn't Know Now
"Wish I Didn't Know Now" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music singer Toby Keith. It was released in February 1994 as the fourth and final single from his self-titled debut album. The song peaked at #2 on the U.S...

".

Keith was moved to Polydor Records
Polydor Records
Polydor is a record label owned by Universal Music Group, headquartered in the United Kingdom.-Beginnings:Polydor was originally an independent branch of the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft. Its name was first used as an export label in 1924, the British and German branches of the Gramophone...

 and released his next album, Boomtown
Boomtown
A boomtown is a community that experiences sudden and rapid population and economic growth. The growth is normally attributed to the nearby discovery of a precious resource such as gold, silver, or oil, although the term can also be applied to communities growing very rapidly for different reasons,...

 (1994), then was moved to A & M Records Nashville, as those two labels merged and released Blue Moon
Blue Moon (Toby Keith album)
Blue Moon is the title of an album released in 1996 by American country music artist Toby Keith. The third album of his career and his only album for A&M Records , it was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies in the United States...

 (1996). The albums went gold
RIAA certification
In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. Other countries have similar awards...

 and platinum, respectively. In 1996, Keith was also featured on the Beach Boys' now out-of-print 1996 album Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1
Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 is an album by The Beach Boys. Released in 1996, it is, despite its 'Volume 1' sub-title, their only venture into the genre of country pop music....

 performing a cover of their 1963 hit "Be True to Your School
Be True to Your School
"Be True to Your School" is a song by The Beach Boys. The album version of this song was recorded on Monday, September 2, 1963. It appears on Little Deuce Coupe and Endless Summer....

" with the Beach Boys themselves providing the harmonies and backing vocals.

A & M decided to fold their country division and Keith moved back to Mercury Records (now called Mercury Nashville), and released his fourth album, Dream Walkin'
Dream Walkin'
Dream Walkin' is a 1997 studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. His last studio album for Mercury Records , it was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies...

 (1997). The album featured a duet with Sting, "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying", which had previously been a hit for Sting himself.

The first single off How Do You Like Me Now?!
How Do You Like Me Now?!
How Do You Like Me Now?! is the fifth studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. It was his first album for DreamWorks Records after parting ways with Mercury Records after Mercury Nashville rejected this album. After buying the master, Keith gave the album to DreamWorks...

 failed to make the Top 40 on the country charts. However, the follow-up single, which was the album's title track, went on to spend five weeks at number one, helping boost the album's sales to double platinum.

In 2002, he released the Unleashed
Unleashed (Toby Keith album)
Unleashed is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's seventh studio album, released in 2002 on DreamWorks Records Nashville...

 album which included hit singles, "Who's Your Daddy?"
Who's Your Daddy? (Toby Keith song)
"Who's Your Daddy?" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in August 2002 as the second single from Keith's Unleashed album. The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 22 on...

, "Beer for My Horses
Beer for My Horses
"Beer for My Horses" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artists Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. It was released in April 2003 as the fourth and final single from Keith's 2002 album Unleashed. The song spent six weeks at Number One on the U.S...

", and "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue".

On November 9, 2004, Keith released a remake of James Taylor
James Taylor
James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000....

 and Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Carly Elisabeth Simon is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records, and has since been the recipient of two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for her work...

's "Mockingbird", a duet with his daughter, Krystal. They performed the song on the 2004 Country Music Awards
Country Music Association Awards
The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards, or the CMAs, and not to be confused with the ACM Awards, are voted on by business members of the Country Music Association. The first CMA awards were presented at an untelevised ceremony in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in 1967...

. The song reached top 25 on the charts.

Keith was the subject of the January 2005 issue of Playboy
Playboy
Playboy is an American men's magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. The magazine has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with...

s Playboy Interview. That year, Keith toured with rock guitarist Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American guitarist, musician, singer, author, reserve police officer, and activist. From Detroit, Michigan, he originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, before embarking on a lengthy solo career...

, whom Keith met in Iraq
Iraq
Iraq ; officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia spanning most of the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, the eastern part of the Syrian Desert and the northern part of the Arabian Desert....

 while they were both performing in USO
United Service Organizations
The United Service Organizations Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the U.S. military, with programs in 160 centers worldwide. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense , and has provided support and...

-sponsored shows for the coalition troops.

On August 31, 2005, Keith parted ways with Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is an American music group, the largest of the "big four" record companies by its commanding market share and its multitude of global operations...

 — which had since bought DreamWorks — and launched his own record label, Show Dog Nashville. Its first release was Keith's album White Trash with Money
White Trash with Money
White Trash with Money is the eleventh album by country music superstar Toby Keith, which was released on April 11, 2006. It is Keith's first album on his own Show Dog Nashville label. The album shipped platinum, meaning one million or more units were distributed to outlets ahead of its release.It...

, followed by the soundtrack to Broken Bridges
Broken Bridges
Broken Bridges is a 2006 film starring Toby Keith, Lindsey Haun, Burt Reynolds and Kelly Preston. The film, a music-drama, is centred on a fading country singer's return to his hometown near a military base in Kentucky where several young men who were killed in a training exercise on the base were...

. Big Dog Daddy
Big Dog Daddy
Big Dog Daddy is the twelfth studio album released by country singer Toby Keith. It was released June 12, 2007. Its first single, High Maintenance Woman, which was released before the album came out, peaked at number three on the country charts. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the...

, which featured his single "High Maintenance Woman", was released on June 12, 2007. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 charts, his third album to reach this feat, after Unleashed and Shock'n Y'all
Shock'n Y'all
-References:...

.

He recorded a duet with Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett
James William "Jimmy" Buffett is a singer-songwriter, author, entrepreneur, and film producer. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett's musical hits include "Margaritaville" , and "Come Monday"...

, "Piece of Work", which was featured on Buffett's album License to Chill
License to Chill
License to Chill is the 26th studio album by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and was released in 2004. It is his album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart...

.

In 2008, Keith completed his Biggest and Baddest Tour. On May 6, 2008, he released his 35 Biggest Hits 2CD set. The set was certified Platinum in August 2008.

In July 2008, Keith released a single, "She Never Cried in Front of Me
She Never Cried in Front of Me
"She Never Cried in Front of Me" is a single by American country music singer Toby Keith co-written by him and Bobby Pinson. It was released in July 2008 as the first single for his studio album, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, released on October 28...

". An album, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy is the twelfth studio release from American country music artist Toby Keith. The album was released October 28, 2008 on Show Dog Nashville, Keith's own label, and was produced by Keith himself. He wrote or co-wrote all the songs on this album, collaborating with Bobby...

, followed on October 28, 2008.

In 2009, Keith toured the U.S. with fellow country star Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins
Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations...

 on a tour known as America's Toughest Tour. The concert series was kicked off on June 18, 2009 at PNC Bank Performing Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Keith did a free show earlier in the day at Asbury Park's famous Stone Pony.

Keith's thirteenth studio album, American Ride
American Ride
American Ride is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's thirteenth studio album. It was released on October 6, 2009, under Keith's personal label, Show Dog Nashville. Its lead-off single is the title track, which became his 19th #1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts...

, was released on October 6, 2009.

In 2010, Keith performed on another USO tour, this time in South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

.

A studio album, Bullets in the Gun
Bullets in the Gun
Upon its release, Bullets in the Gun received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable...

, was released on October 5, 2010.

A new studio album, Clancy's Tavern was released on October 23, 2011.

Television appearances

Keith performed on a series of television advertisements for Telecom USA
Telecom
Telecom refers to:* An abbreviation of telecommunication.* Short for telecommunications company, in general.* A short name for any telecommunications company with "Telecom" specifically in the name, where context allows media or people to commonly exclude the rest of its name without confusion,...

 for that company's discount long distance telephone service 10-10-220. He also starred in Ford
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. In addition to the Ford and Lincoln brands, Ford also owns a small stake in Mazda in Japan and Aston Martin in the UK...

 commercials, singing original songs such as "Ford Truck Man" and "Field Trip (Look Again)" while driving Ford trucks.

Keith made an appearance at the very first Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling is a privately held professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Jarrett. The company broadcasts its events on television and the Internet fifty two weeks a year with over a million weekly viewers on its primary television program, Impact...

 (then NWA-TNA) weekly pay-per-view on June 19, 2002, where his playing of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" was interrupted by Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett
Jeffrey Leonard Jarrett is an American professional wrestler and wrestling promoter. He is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling , an organization he co-founded along with his father and in which he holds some stock but not total control...

. He would later enter the Gauntlet for the Gold
Gauntlet for the Gold
The Gauntlet match as defined by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, is a battle royal-style match. When it involves title implications, such as a title on the line or contendership for a title, it is called a Gauntlet for the Gold...

 main event, suplexing Jarrett and eliminating him from the match. A short video of the suplex is seen in the clip package when he goes onstage. He would appear the next week, on June 26, and help Scott Hall
Scott Hall
Scott Hall is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure with the World Wrestling Federation in the early and mid 1990s under the ring name Razor Ramon, as well as for his period in the mid 1990s and early 2000s with World Championship Wrestling under his real name...

 defeat Jarrett in singles action.

Keith received the "Colbert Bump" when he appeared on Comedy Central
Comedy Central
Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel that carries comedy programming, both original and syndicated....

's The Colbert Report. He holds the distinction of being the only musical artist to have received a five star rating from Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor. He is the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, a satirical news show in which Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political pundits.Colbert originally studied to be an...

 on iTunes
ITunes
iTunes is a media player computer program, used for playing, downloading, and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad....

. Keith furthered this connection when he appeared in Colbert's 2008 Christmas Special
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! is a Grammy Award-winning Christmas special that debuted on Comedy Central on November 23, 2008....

 as a hunter. Keith also made an appearance as a musical guest on the October 27, 2011 episode of the Colbert Report.

Acting

In the Autumn of 2005, he filmed Broken Bridges
Broken Bridges
Broken Bridges is a 2006 film starring Toby Keith, Lindsey Haun, Burt Reynolds and Kelly Preston. The film, a music-drama, is centred on a fading country singer's return to his hometown near a military base in Kentucky where several young men who were killed in a training exercise on the base were...

, written by Cherie Bennett
Cherie Bennett
Cherie Bennett is an American novelist, actress, director, playwright, newspaper columnist, singer, and television writer on the CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.-Biography:...

 and Jeff Gottesfeld
Jeff Gottesfeld
Jeff Gottesfeld is an American essayist, novelist, and screen and television writer.- Biography :Jeff Gottesfeld grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, attended Teaneck High School, Colby College, and then the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was president of his class and a member of...

, and directed by Steven Goldmann
Steven Goldmann
Steven Goldmann is a Canadian music video and film director. He has directed over 200 music videos. Goldmann also directed the movies Broken Bridges and Trailer Park of Terror, and has additionally directed several television programs.-1990-1999:...

. This feature film from Paramount
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film production and distribution company, located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Founded in 1912 and currently owned by media conglomerate Viacom, it is America's oldest existing film studio; it is also the last major film studio still...

/CMT Films
CMT Films
CMT Films is the motion picture production division of Country Music Television. Its films are usually released by fellow Viacom division Paramount Vantage....

 was released on September 8, 2006. In this contemporary story set in small-town Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. It has a population of 6,346,105, making it the nation's 17th-largest state by population, and covers , making it the 36th-largest by total land area...

, Keith plays Bo Price, a washed-up country musician. The movie also stars Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston is an American actress and former model.- Early years :Preston was born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother, Linda, was an administrator of a mental health center, and her father, who worked for an agricultural firm, drowned when Preston was three years old...

, Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr. is an American actor. Some of his memorable roles include Bo 'Bandit' Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Bobby "Gator" McCluskey in White Lightning and sequel Gator, Paul Crewe and Coach Nate Scarborough in The Longest Yard and its...

, Tess Harper
Tess Harper
Tess Harper is an American actress.-Early life:Born Tessie Jean Washam on August 15, 1950 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. Her parents' names are Ed and Rosemary Washam. She grew up around lots of quilts and quilt makers. On her own time, she liked to sit on the porch-swing and read...

, and Lindsey Haun
Lindsey Haun
Lindsey Haun is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in the 2000 Disney Channel original movie The Color of Friendship as Mahree Bok, and has starred in the film Broken Bridges, for which she also recorded a portion of the soundtrack.- Personal...

.

Keith wrote and starred in the 2008 movie Beer for My Horses
Beer for My Horses (film)
Beer for My Horses is a 2008 American feature film comedy. The film stars country music entertainer Toby Keith and is based on his song by the same name...

, which is based on the 2003 hit song of the same name
Beer for My Horses
"Beer for My Horses" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artists Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. It was released in April 2003 as the fourth and final single from Keith's 2002 album Unleashed. The song spent six weeks at Number One on the U.S...

 recorded by Keith and Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie , combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust , made Nelson one of the most recognized...

.

Other business ventures

In 2005, Keith opened Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill is a restaurant and bar with multiple locations across the United States. The restaurant is named after singer Toby Keith and his #1 hit single I Love This Bar.-Current and future locations:...

 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 31st among United States cities in population. The city's population, from the 2010 census, was 579,999, with a metro-area population of 1,252,987 . In 2010, the Oklahoma...

, as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 46th-largest city in the United States. With a population of 391,906 as of the 2010 census, it is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 937,478 residents in the MSA and 988,454 in the CSA. Tulsa's...

, and now has restaurants in Auburn Hills, Michigan
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Auburn Hills is a city in Metro Detroit, Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 21,412 at the 2010 census. The city was formed in 1983 when Pontiac Township became the City of Auburn Hills.-Economy:...

, Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. It encompasses in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties...

, Las Vegas
Paradise, Nevada
Paradise is an unincorporated town in the Las Vegas metropolitan area in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 223,167 at the 2010 census...

 and Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
According to the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Mesa was as follows:* White: 77.1% * Hispanic or Latino : 26.54%* Black or African American: 3.5%* Two or more races: 3.4%* Native American: 2.4%...

. Keith does not actually own the new restaurants; the new restaurant is the first in a franchise under Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, adjacent to Phoenix. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2010 the population of the city was 217,385...

-based Capri Restaurant Group Enterprises LLC, which purchased the master license agreement to build more Toby Keith restaurants nationwide. Capri Restaurant Group is owned by Frank Capri, who opened the restaurant in Mesa in the shopping center known as Mesa Riverview
Mesa Riverview
Mesa Riverview is an outdoor shopping mall in Mesa, Arizona located in the northwestern corner of the city near Loop 202 and Dobson Road. The mall has a gross leasable area of 1,115,112 square feet...

 and is planning on opening multiple locations across the country.

In 2009, Capri Restaurant Group announced that it will open another I Love this Bar & Grill location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in the US Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Allegheny County. Regionally, it anchors the largest urban area of Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley, and nationally, it is the 22nd-largest urban area in the United States...

's South Side Works shopping and entertainment district.

In February 2010 a new Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill opened in the Winstar World Casino, exit 1 on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma. The Capri Restaurant Group opened two locations in 2010 in Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, Michigan
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Auburn Hills is a city in Metro Detroit, Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 21,412 at the 2010 census. The city was formed in 1983 when Pontiac Township became the City of Auburn Hills.-Economy:...

 and in the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
As of the census of 2000, there were 44,126 people, 20,782 households, and 10,557 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,122.5 persons per square mile . There were 21,140 housing units at an average density of 1,975.0 per square mile...

. Expected to open in late 2011 is the location at The Shops at Oyster Point in Newport News, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Newport News is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia. It is at the southeastern end of the Virginia Peninsula, on the north shore of the James River extending southeast from Skiffe's Creek along many miles of waterfront to the river's mouth at Newport News...

.

Keith also established a line of clothing, "TK Steelman", in early 2009.

Keith also supports Ally's House, a non-profit organization in Oklahoma designed to aid children with cancer
Cancer
Cancer , known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the...

. Of the charity, Keith said:
In 2011, Keith also started showing his love for the flavors of Mexico by introducing a new drink named “Wild Shot". At first it was only available in Mexico, but now is sold and served in America. It is also a featured drink in his restaurant chain "I Love this Bar and Grill".

Political beliefs

Since 2002, Keith has made numerous trips to the Middle East
Middle East
The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is often used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East...

 to bring entertainment and encouragement to the men and women serving on or near the front lines. “My father was a soldier. He taught his kids to respect veterans,” said Keith. “It’s that respect and the thank-you that we have a military that’s in place and ready to defend our nation; our freedom.”

In 2004, Keith called himself "a conservative Democrat who is sometimes embarrassed for his party". He endorsed the re-election of President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

 in the 2004 presidential election and performed at a Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States...

, rally on the night before the election. Keith also endorsed Democrat Dan Boren
Dan Boren
Daniel David "Dan" Boren is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2005. The district includes most of the eastern part of the state outside of Tulsa...

 in his successful run in Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district and is good friends with former Democratic New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson (politician)
William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III is an American politician, who served as the 30th Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Before being elected governor, Richardson served in the Clinton administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary. Richardson has also served...

.
In a January 2007 interview with Newsday
Newsday
Newsday is a daily American newspaper that primarily serves Nassau and Suffolk counties and the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island, although it is sold throughout the New York metropolitan area...

, Keith was asked whether he supported the Iraq War. He responded with "Never did," and said he favors setting a time limit on the campaign. He also said, "I don't apologize for being patriotic... If there is something socially incorrect about being patriotic and supporting your troops, then they can kiss my ass on that, because I'm not going to budge on that at all. And that has nothing to do with politics. Politics is what's killing America."

In April 2008, Keith said that Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.Born in...

 "looks like a great speaker and a great leader. And I think you can learn on your feet in there, so I don't hold people responsible for not having a whole bunch of political background in the House and Senate." At the same time he remarked, "I think [John] McCain is a great option too." In August 2008, he called Obama "the best Democratic candidate we've had since Bill Clinton".

In October 2008, Keith told CMT
Country Music Television
Country Music Television, or CMT, is an American country music-oriented cable television network. Programming includes music videos, taped concerts, movies, biographies of country music stars, game shows, and reality programs...

 that he had left the Democratic Party
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 and has re-registered as an independent. "My party that I've been affiliated with all these years doesn't stand for anything that I stand for anymore," he says. "They've lost any sensibility that they had, and they've allowed all the kooks in. So I'm going independent." He also told CMT that he would likely vote for the Republican ticket, partially because of his admiration for Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator and author. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major party and first Republican woman nominated for the vice-presidency.She was...

.

In March 2009, Keith received the Johnny "Mike" Spann Memorial Semper Fidelis Award during a New York
New York
New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is the nation's third most populous state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east...

 ceremony held by the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. The trophy is named for the CIA operative (and former Marine Corps captain) who was the first U.S. casualty in the war in Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, as the armed forces of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Afghan United Front launched Operation Enduring Freedom...

. "Spending time with our soldiers around the world is something I've always regarded as a privilege and honor," he said. "I'm certainly happy to accept this award, but I won't forget for a second who's really doing the heavy lifting to keep this country safe. And that's why I'll keep going back and spending time with those good folks every chance I get."

In April 2009, he voiced support for Obama on Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Afghanistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in the centre of Asia, forming South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. With a population of about 29 million, it has an area of , making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world...

 and other decisions: "He hired one of my best friends who I think should run for president someday...Gen. James Jones
James L. Jones
James Logan Jones, Jr. is the former United States National Security Advisor and a retired United States Marine Corps General....

 as a national security adviser. He's sending troops into Afghanistan, help is on the way there. And I'm seeing some really good middle range stuff. I'm giving our commander in chief a chance before I start grabbing. So far, I'm cool with it."

Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue

On March 24, 2001, Keith’s father, H.K. Covel, was killed in a car accident. That event and the September 11 attacks in 2001 prompted Keith to write the song "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue", a song about his father’s patriotism and faith in the United States. At first, Keith refused to record the song and sang it only live at his concerts for military personnel. The reaction to the song, the lyrics of which express clear nationalistic and militaristic sentiments, was strong in many quarters, even to the point that the Commandant of the Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps
The Commandant of the Marine Corps is normally the highest ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

 James L. Jones
James L. Jones
James Logan Jones, Jr. is the former United States National Security Advisor and a retired United States Marine Corps General....

 told Keith it was his "duty as an American citizen" to record the song. As the lead single from the album Unleashed (2002), "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" peaked at number one over the Fourth of July weekend.

ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

 invited Keith to sing "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue" on a 2002 Fourth of July concert it was producing, then rescinded the invitation after host Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, CM was a Canadian American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer...

 heard the song and vetoed it. Jennings said the song "probably wouldn’t set the right tone". "I find it interesting that he's not from the U.S.", Keith said of Jennings, who was Canadian. "I bet Dan Rather
Dan Rather
Daniel Irvin "Dan" Rather, Jr. is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel HDNet. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9,...

'd let me do it on his special."

Feud with the Dixie Chicks

Keith had a public feud with the Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks are an American country band which has also successfully crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines...

 over the song "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue", in 2003 as well as over comments they made about President George W. Bush on stage during a concert in London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

. The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
Natalie Louise Maines Pasdar is an American singer-songwriter who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band, the Dixie Chicks...

, publicly stated that Keith's song was "ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant". Keith responded by belittling Maines' songwriting skills, and by displaying a backdrop at his concerts showing a doctored photo of Maines with Iraq
Iraq
Iraq ; officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia spanning most of the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, the eastern part of the Syrian Desert and the northern part of the Arabian Desert....

i dictator Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003...

. On May 21, 2003, Maines wore a T-shirt with the letters "FUTK" on the front at the Academy of Country Music
Academy of Country Music
The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

 Awards. While a spokesperson for the Dixie Chicks said that the acronym stood for "Friends United in Truth and Kindness," many, including host Vince Gill
Vince Gill
Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill is an American neotraditional country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a...

, took it to be a shot at Keith ("Fuck You Toby Keith"). In an October 2004 appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher
Real Time with Bill Maher is a talk show that airs weekly on HBO, hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Much like his previous show, Politically Incorrect on ABC , Real Time features a panel of guests that discuss current events in politics and the media...

, Maines finally confessed that it was indeed a shot at Keith, and that she "thought that nobody would get it".

In August 2003, Keith's representation publicly declared he was done feuding with Maines "because he's realized there are far more important things to concentrate on". Keith was referring specifically to the terminal illness of a former bandmate's daughter, Allison Faith Webb. However, he continues to refuse to say Maines' name, and claims that the doctored photo was intended to express his opinion that Maines' criticism was an attempt to squelch Keith's free speech.

In April 2008, a commercial spot to promote Al Gore
Al Gore
Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. served as the 45th Vice President of the United States , under President Bill Clinton. He was the Democratic Party's nominee for President in the 2000 U.S. presidential election....

's "We Campaign", involving both Keith and the Dixie Chicks, was proposed. However, the idea was eventually abandoned due to scheduling conflicts.

Personal life

On March 24, 1984, Keith married Tricia Lucus. He is the father of three children; two daughters Shelley (born 1980, adopted by Keith in 1984) and Krystal (born 1985), one son, Stelen (born 1997) and has one granddaughter (born 2008; mother is Shelley). An avid University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is a coeducational public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. the university had 29,931 students enrolled, most located at its...

 sports fan, Keith is often seen at Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma Sooners
The University of Oklahoma features 19 varsity sports teams. Both men's and women's teams are called the Sooners, a nickname given to the early participants in the land rushes which initially opened the Oklahoma Indian Territory to non-native settlement. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A,...

 games and practices. He is also a fan of professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling is a mode of spectacle, combining athletics and theatrical performance.Roland Barthes, "The World of Wrestling", Mythologies, 1957 It takes the form of events, held by touring companies, which mimic a title match combat sport...

, being seen in the front row of numerous WWE shows that take place in Oklahoma, as well as performing "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)" live at the first ever TNA Wrestling show on June 19, 2002.

On March 24, 2001, Keith's father was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35
Interstate 35
Interstate 35 is a north–south Interstate Highway in the central United States. I-35 stretches from Laredo, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border to Duluth, Minnesota, at Minnesota Highway 61 and 26th Avenue East. Many interstates used to have splits or spurs indicated with suffixed letters , but I-35...

. On December 25, 2007, the Covel family was awarded $2.8 million for the wrongful death of H.K. Covel. Elias and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co. were found liable as they failed to properly equip the charter bus with properly working air brakes.

Keith has an honorary degree from Villanova University
Villanova University
Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States...

, which he attended for one year.

Tours

  • Brooks & Dunn's Neon Circus & Wild West Show 2001
  • Unleashed Tour 2002
  • Big Throwdown Tour 2004
  • Shock'N Y'all Tour 2005
  • White Trash With Money Tour 2006
  • Hookin' Up & Hangin' Out Tour 2007
    • with Miranda Lambert
      Miranda Lambert
      Miranda Lambert is an American country music artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and later signed to Epic Records. Lambert made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut...

  • Big Dog Daddy Tour 2007
  • Biggest & Baddest Tour 2008-2009
    • with Montgomery Gentry
      Montgomery Gentry
      Montgomery Gentry is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry. The two began performing in the 1990s as part of a band which also included Eddie Montgomery's brother John Michael Montgomery, and founded the existing duo in 1999.Signed to Columbia Records,...

       and Trailer Choir
      Trailer Choir
      Trailer Choir is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Vinny Hickerson and Marc Fortney, known by their respective stage names Big Vinny and Butter. The group began as trio with Crystal Hoyt and was signed to Show Dog Nashville, a label owned by Toby Keith, in 2006...

  • America's Toughest Tour 2009
    • with Trace Adkins
      Trace Adkins
      Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations...

       Also Julianne Hough
      Julianne Hough
      Julianne Alexandra Hough is an American professional ballroom dancer, country music singer and actress. She is most widely known for being a two-time champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She earned a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nomination in 2007 for choreography...

      (Few Dates)
  • Toby Keith's American Ride Tour 2010
    • with Trace Adkins
      Trace Adkins
      Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin' Out Loud, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Since then, Adkins has released seven more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations...

       & James Otto
      James Otto
      James Allen Otto is an American country music artist who is a member of the MuzikMafia, a group of country musicians known for their "country music without prejudice"...

  • Locked & Loaded Tour 2011
    • with Eric Church
      Eric Church
      Kenneth Eric Church is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Capitol Records in 2006, Church released his debut album Sinners Like Me that year...

       & JT Hodges
      JT Hodges
      JT Hodges is an American country music singer. In 2011, he signed to Show Dog-Universal Music and released his debut single "Hunt You Down", which has charted on Hot Country Songs.-Early life:...


Studio albums

  • Toby Keith
    Toby Keith (album)
    Toby Keith is the self-titled debut album from American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in 1993 on Polygram Records, it features the singles "Should've Been a Cowboy", "He Ain't Worth Missing", "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action", and "Wish I Didn't Know Now". Respectively, these...

     (1993)
  • Boomtown (1994)
  • Blue Moon
    Blue Moon (Toby Keith album)
    Blue Moon is the title of an album released in 1996 by American country music artist Toby Keith. The third album of his career and his only album for A&M Records , it was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies in the United States...

     (1996)
  • Dream Walkin'
    Dream Walkin'
    Dream Walkin' is a 1997 studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. His last studio album for Mercury Records , it was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies...

     (1997)
  • How Do You Like Me Now?!
    How Do You Like Me Now?!
    How Do You Like Me Now?! is the fifth studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. It was his first album for DreamWorks Records after parting ways with Mercury Records after Mercury Nashville rejected this album. After buying the master, Keith gave the album to DreamWorks...

     (1999)
  • Pull My Chain
    Pull My Chain
    Pull My Chain is the title of an album by American country music artist Toby Keith, released in 2001 on DreamWorks Records Nashville. The album has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum in the U.S. for sales of two million copies...

     (2001)
  • Unleashed
    Unleashed (Toby Keith album)
    Unleashed is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's seventh studio album, released in 2002 on DreamWorks Records Nashville...

     (2002)
  • Shock'n Y'all
    Shock'n Y'all
    -References:...

     (2003)
  • Honkytonk University
    Honkytonk University
    Honkytonk University is an album by country music singer Toby Keith, released in 2005. The album has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum for sales of in excess of 2 million units....

     (2005)
  • White Trash with Money
    White Trash with Money
    White Trash with Money is the eleventh album by country music superstar Toby Keith, which was released on April 11, 2006. It is Keith's first album on his own Show Dog Nashville label. The album shipped platinum, meaning one million or more units were distributed to outlets ahead of its release.It...

     (2006)
  • Big Dog Daddy
    Big Dog Daddy
    Big Dog Daddy is the twelfth studio album released by country singer Toby Keith. It was released June 12, 2007. Its first single, High Maintenance Woman, which was released before the album came out, peaked at number three on the country charts. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the...

     (2007)
  • That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
    That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy
    That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy is the twelfth studio release from American country music artist Toby Keith. The album was released October 28, 2008 on Show Dog Nashville, Keith's own label, and was produced by Keith himself. He wrote or co-wrote all the songs on this album, collaborating with Bobby...

     (2008)
  • American Ride
    American Ride
    American Ride is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's thirteenth studio album. It was released on October 6, 2009, under Keith's personal label, Show Dog Nashville. Its lead-off single is the title track, which became his 19th #1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts...

     (2009)
  • Bullets in the Gun
    Bullets in the Gun
    Upon its release, Bullets in the Gun received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable...

     (2010)
  • Clancy's Tavern
    Clancy's Tavern
    -Critical Response:The album received a positive critical reception. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic.com took note that when compared to Keith's previous album, Bullets in the Gun , Clancy's Tavern "pushes humor to the forefront and generally isn’t so insistent on driving the beat into arena...

     (2011)

Compilation albums

  • Greatest Hits Volume One
    Greatest Hits Volume One (Toby Keith album)
    Greatest Hits Volume One is the title of a greatest hits package released in 1998 by American country music artist Toby Keith. His final release for Mercury Records, it features twelve tracks from his first four studio albums — 1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream...

     (1998)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection
    20th Century Masters (Toby Keith album)
    20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Toby Keith is a compilation album of American country music artist Toby Keith's greatest hits...

     (2003)
  • Greatest Hits 2
    Greatest Hits 2 (Toby Keith album)
    Greatest Hits 2 is the title of a greatest hits package released in 2004 by American country music singer-songwriter Toby Keith. The second greatest hits package of his career, it was released by DreamWorks Records Nashville; with sales of two million copies in the United States, it has been...

     (2004)
  • 35 Biggest Hits
    35 Biggest Hits
    -Disc 2:-Chart performance:-References:...

     (2008)

Christmas albums

  • Christmas to Christmas
    Christmas to Christmas
    Christmas to Christmas is the title of an album released in 1995 by American country music artist Toby Keith. His first album of Christmas music, it produced one single which charted from Christmas airplay in late 1995-early 1996: the track "Santa I'm Right Here", a #50 on the Hot Country Songs...

     (1995)
  • A Classic Christmas
    A Classic Christmas (Toby Keith album)
    -Disc Two:-Chart performance:-External links:*...

     (2007)

Number one singles

  • "Should've Been a Cowboy
    Should've Been a Cowboy
    "Should've Been a Cowboy" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in February 1993, it was the lead off single released from Toby's first album Toby Keith. On June 5, 1993, it reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart...

    "
  • "Who's That Man
    Who's That Man
    "Who's That Man" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music singer Toby Keith. It was released in July 1994 as the lead-off single to his second studio album, Boomtown, the song was Keith's second Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks ...

    "
  • "Me Too
    Me Too (song)
    "Me Too" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Toby Keith. It was released in November 1996 as the third and final single from his album, Blue Moon...

    "
  • "How Do You Like Me Now?!
    How Do You Like Me Now?! (song)
    "How Do You Like Me Now?!" is the title of a song, released in November 1999, by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was the second single released from the album How Do You Like Me Now?!. Keith wrote it with Chuck Cannon....

    "
  • "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This
    You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This
    "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in October 2000 as the fourth single from Keith's How Do You Like Me Now?! album. The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks ...

    "
  • "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight
    I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight
    "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight" is a song performed by American country music artist Toby Keith. Released in May 2001, it was the first single from Keith's Pull My Chain album. The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts...

    "
  • "I Wanna Talk About Me
    I Wanna Talk About Me
    "I Wanna Talk About Me" is the title of a song written by Bobby Braddock and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in August 2001 as the second single from Keith's album Pull My Chain...

    "
  • "My List"
  • "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)"
  • "Who's Your Daddy?
    Who's Your Daddy? (Toby Keith song)
    "Who's Your Daddy?" is the title of a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in August 2002 as the second single from Keith's Unleashed album. The song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 22 on...

    "
  • "Beer for My Horses
    Beer for My Horses
    "Beer for My Horses" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artists Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. It was released in April 2003 as the fourth and final single from Keith's 2002 album Unleashed. The song spent six weeks at Number One on the U.S...

    " (duet with Willie Nelson
    Willie Nelson
    Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie , combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust , made Nelson one of the most recognized...

    )
  • "I Love This Bar
    I Love This Bar
    "I Love This Bar" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in August 2003 as the lead off single from his 2003 album, Shock'n Y'all. It became a Number One hit on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, keeping the...

    "
  • "American Soldier
    American Soldier
    "American Soldier" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in November 2003 as the second single from his 2003 album, Shock'n Y'all. It became a number one hit on the Billboard U.S...

    "
  • "Whiskey Girl
    Whiskey Girl
    "Whiskey Girl" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Toby Keith. It was released in March 2004 as the third single from the album, Shock'n Y'all...

    "
  • "As Good as I Once Was
    As Good as I Once Was
    "As Good as I Once Was" is a single by American country music singer Toby Keith that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. This song and his 2003 single "Beer for My Horses" are both his longest-running Number One hits, each having spent six weeks at Number One...

    "
  • "Love Me If You Can
    Love Me If You Can
    "Love Me If You Can" is a song written by Chris Wallin and Craig Wiseman and recorded by country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in June 2007 as the second single from his 2007 album Big Dog Daddy, and his 34th Top Ten single and his 16th Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs...

    "
  • "She Never Cried in Front of Me
    She Never Cried in Front of Me
    "She Never Cried in Front of Me" is a single by American country music singer Toby Keith co-written by him and Bobby Pinson. It was released in July 2008 as the first single for his studio album, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, released on October 28...

    "
  • "God Love Her
    God Love Her
    "God Love Her" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith, found on his 2008 album, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, from which it was released as the second single and on the chart week of March 7, 2009, the song became Keith's 18th Number One song on...

    "
  • "American Ride
    American Ride (song)
    "American Ride" is the title of a country music song written by Joe West and Dave Pahanish, and recorded by country music artist Toby Keith. It is the lead-off single and the title track for Keith's 13th studio album, released in October 2009. Released in July 2009 as the 47th single of his career,...

    "
  • "Made in America
    Made in America (song)
    "Made in America" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Toby Keith. It was released in June 2011 as the lead-off single to his fifteenth studio album, Clancy's Tavern. The song was written by Keith with Bobby Pinson and Scott Reeves. It reached number one...

    "

Notable awards

American Music Awards
American Music Awards
-Conception:The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to compete with the Grammys after the move of that year's show to Nashville, Tennessee led to CBS picking up the Grammy telecasts after its first two in 1971 and 1972 were broadcast on ABC...

  • 2002 Favorite Country Album
    American Music Award for Favorite Country Album
    - 2010s :*American Music Awards of 2011**Taylor Swift, Speak Now*American Music Awards of 2010**Carrie Underwood, Play On- 2000s :*American Music Awards of 2009**Taylor Swift, Fearless*American Music Awards of 2008...

     - "Unleashed
    Unleashed (Toby Keith album)
    Unleashed is the title of American country music singer Toby Keith's seventh studio album, released in 2002 on DreamWorks Records Nashville...

    "
  • 2003 Favorite Country Album
    American Music Award for Favorite Country Album
    - 2010s :*American Music Awards of 2011**Taylor Swift, Speak Now*American Music Awards of 2010**Carrie Underwood, Play On- 2000s :*American Music Awards of 2009**Taylor Swift, Fearless*American Music Awards of 2008...

     - "Shock'n Y'all
    Shock'n Y'all
    -References:...

    "
  • 2003 Favorite Country Male Artist
    American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist
    The American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist has been awarded since 1974.Years reflect the year in which the American Music Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year .The all-time winner in this category is Garth Brooks with 8 wins.-2010s:*American Music Awards of...

  • 2005 Favorite Country Male Artist
    American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist
    The American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist has been awarded since 1974.Years reflect the year in which the American Music Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year .The all-time winner in this category is Garth Brooks with 8 wins.-2010s:*American Music Awards of...



Academy of Country Music
Academy of Country Music
The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

  • 2000 Album of the Year
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

     - "How Do You Like Me Now?!
    How Do You Like Me Now?!
    How Do You Like Me Now?! is the fifth studio album from American country music artist Toby Keith. It was his first album for DreamWorks Records after parting ways with Mercury Records after Mercury Nashville rejected this album. After buying the master, Keith gave the album to DreamWorks...

    "
  • 2000 Top Male Vocalist
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

  • 2002 Entertainer of the Year
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

  • 2003 Album of the Year
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

     - "Shock'n Y'all
    Shock'n Y'all
    -References:...

    "
  • 2003 Entertainer of the Year
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

  • 2003 Top Male Vocalist
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

  • 2003 Video of the Year
    Academy of Country Music
    The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country music in the western states. Among those involved in the...

     with Willie Nelson
    Willie Nelson
    Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie , combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust , made Nelson one of the most recognized...

    - "Beer for My Horses
    Beer for My Horses
    "Beer for My Horses" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artists Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. It was released in April 2003 as the fourth and final single from Keith's 2002 album Unleashed. The song spent six weeks at Number One on the U.S...

    "


Country Music Association
Country Music Association
The Country Music Association was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. It originally consisted of only 233 members and was the first trade organization formed to promote a music genre...

  • 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year
    Country Music Association Awards
    The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards, or the CMAs, and not to be confused with the ACM Awards, are voted on by business members of the Country Music Association. The first CMA awards were presented at an untelevised ceremony in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in 1967...



Billboard
  • Country Artist Of The Decade


American Country Awards
  • Visionary Artist Award at the Inagural American Country Awards, given out on Monday, December 6, 2010.

External links

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