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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.

Toby Keith A Few More Cowboys
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Story Behind the Song: Toby Keith, ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)’

Toby Keith shares the story behind his hit single "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."

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Top 10 Country Songs About Marijuana

A list of the best country songs about pot.

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Toby Keith, Willie Nelson Tribute Merle Haggard With ‘Ramblin’ Fever’ [WATCH]

See video of Toby Keith and Willie Nelson performing "Rambin' Fever" in honor of Merle Haggard.

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Merle Haggard's final concert
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Toby Keith Opens Up About His Last Show With Merle Haggard, Their Friendship

Toby Keith recalls performing with Merle Haggard at one of Haggard's final shows, and discusses their friendship.

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Toby Keith Talks Legendary Influences, Country Music’s ‘Oscillating’ Sound

Toby Keith explains how his childhood influences, such as Roger Miller and Merle Haggard, shaped his own country music career.

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33 Years Ago: Toby Keith Marries Tricia Lucus

On March 24, 1984, Toby Keith married Tricia Lucus.

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Big Barrel Country Music Festival 2015 - Day 3
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Toby Keith, Alabama, Billy Gibbons Join Merle Haggard Tribute Lineup

Toby KeithAlabama and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons have been added to the impressive list of acts slated to play at an upcoming Merle Haggard tribute concert.

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Toby Keith Admits He’s Got a Fear of Being ‘Too Famous’

Toby Keith discusses how he deals with being famous, and explains how he addresses the paparazzi and fans when he's out with his family.

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

On March 18, 2000, Toby Keith soared to the top of the charts with his single "How Do You Like Me Now?!" from his album of the same name.

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Toby Keith early career
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Toby Keith Recalls Facing Early Rejection, Fighting for ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’

Toby Keith recalls his early days in country music, and how he fought to release "How Do You Like Me Now?!" which became one of the biggest hits of his career, as a single.

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