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Toby Keith

Toby Keith

Oklahoma native Toby Keith Covel got his first guitar as a child and formed a band in his early 20s, but it took Keith until his 30s to start his country music career. Prior to moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Keith worked in his home state’s oil fields and played high school, college and semi-pro football. He released his self-titled debut album on Mercury Records in 1993, and its first single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” became his first No. 1. Since then, Keith’s ridden a consistent streak of Top 10 albums, 10 of which hit No. 1, and 20-plus No. 1 singles to country music superstardom. In 2005, he founded his own record label, Show Dog Nashville, which later merged with Universal South in 2009 to become Show Dog Universal. In 2008, Keith wrote and starred in ‘Beer for My Horses,’ a comedy film based on his 2003 hit of the same name, a duet with Willie Nelson. An avid supporter of the troops, Keith has performed numerous USO Tours overseas. He also owns his own restaurant chain, I Love This Bar & Grill, a play on his 2003 single “I Love This Bar,” and has his own line of mezcal, Wild Shot.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘American Ride’

Dave Pahanish and Joe West, the co-writers of Toby Keith's "American Ride," the first single from and title track of Keith's 2009 studio album, have known each other for more than 20 years, beginning in Pittsburgh, Pa., and continuing through their association as co-writers, artists and producers in Nashville, Tenn. The song was released in July of 2009 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- Keith's 19th career No. 1 -- in October. Below, Pahanish and West tell The Boot about writing the hit.

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Toby Keith + Tricia Covel — Country’s Greatest Love Stories

When Toby Keith (whose real last name is Covel) met his future wife Tricia Lucus, one thing stood out to her: his confidence.

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31 Years Ago: Toby Keith Marries Tricia Lucus

Thirty-one years ago today (March 24, 1984) was a happy day for Toby Keith. It was on this day that Keith wed Tricia Lucus, when he was just 22 years old.

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Toby Keith and Eli Young Band Among 2015 Lost Highway Festival Performers

Toby Keith will get to combine two of his favorite things -- motorcycles and music -- at the upcoming 2015 Lost Highway Festival.

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Brantley Gilbert Hopes to Inspire Dedication Among His Crew Like Toby Keith

Brantley Gilbert has hit the road as an opening act for several artists, including Eric Church and Willie Nelson. But touring with Toby Keith, on Keith's 2012 Live in Overdrive Tour, left an impression that Gilbert says will inspire him for the rest of his career.

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15 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’

Fifteen years ago today (March 18, 2000), Toby Keith said plenty to his critics and fans when his latest single "How Do You Like Me Now?!" soared to the top of the charts.

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Top 10 Funny Country Music Videos

Country music may be known for its "tear in my beer" sad songs, not to mention its tunes about trucks, dirt roads and Southern living, but the genre also has a helluva sense of humor.

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Toby Keith, Little Big Town to Headline Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala

Toby Keith and special guest Little Big Town are on tap to headline the 2015 Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala Night.

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Top 10 Patriotic Country Songs

Country music and patriotism have always gone hand in hand. Whether in times of war or peace, American anthems have been fan-favorite country songs for decades, and there are a slew of country tunes that proudly proclaim the beauty and benefits of the United States of America.

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Find Out What Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney + More Country Stars Make Per Second

Country music artists are known to have fat paychecks, but now we know just how much money some of our favorite artists are earning per second, and the results are surprising.

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