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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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Country Stars With July Birthdays

With Independence Day, International Kissing Day, Canada Day and -- yes -- National French Fry Day, July is certainly a month for celebrating. But country stars like Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry of the Band Perry, Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Rhonda VincentLuke Bryan, Zac Brown, Alison Krauss and many more will also be celebrating their birthdays in July.

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Toby Keith Shares ’35 MPH Town’ Lyric Video

Toby Keith has released a lyric video for his newest single, "35 MPH Town."

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News Roundup: Toby Keith Talks Songwriters Hall of Fame, LoCash Share Musical Guilty Pleasures

The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners.

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Toby Keith on Charleston Tragedy, Gun Control: ‘If It Can Happen in a Church, It Can Happen Anywhere’

Toby Keith received the honor of a lifetime when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City on Thursday (June 18), but his thoughts weren't far from those affected by the devastating shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17. The singer, who has spoken out in favor of the right to carry firearms in the past, says that tougher gun laws, which some have suggested would have prevented the crime, aren't the answer.

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4 Show-Stopping Moments From Country Jam 2015′s Final Day

Headliners like the Band Perry, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban made 2015 Country Jam a summer festival to remember. And Sunday (June 21), the fourth day of the event, was no exception. Toby Keith arrived in Grand Junction, Colo. to blow fans away — and succeeded.

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Toby Keith Closes 2015 Country Jam With Powerful Set of Hits, Tribute to His Father

Toby Keith closed 2015 Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colo. with a nearly two-hour set that included hits spanning his entire career. The night served as a musical resume for why Keith was chosen to be inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame this week.

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Jennifer Nettles, Stephen Colbert Pay Tribute to Toby Keith, Bobby Braddock at 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Thursday evening, Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock were officially inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with a little help from Stephen Colbert and Jennifer Nettles.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘Somewhere Else’

Bobby Pinson and Toby Keith co-wrote "Somewhere Else," released in February of 2011 as the third and final single from Keith's Bullets in the Gun album. The song peaked just outside the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (No. 12) but also earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 80). Inside, Pinson tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘Lost You Anyway’

Toby Keith co-wrote "Lost You Anyway," the third single from his That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy album, with Bobby Pinson. Released in March of 2009, the song peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Inside, Pinson tells The Boot about writing the tune.

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Toby Keith Closes Taste of Country Music Festival With Power, Patriotism

Toby Keith playing "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" to 15,000 country music fans will never get old. The singer closed the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival with his two most patriotic songs, but those were far from the only two highlights from Sunday night (June 14).

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