Ever since he debuted in 1993, Toby Keith won the hearts of million of people!
Among the reasons are his patriotic in songs like “American Soldier” and “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”, and always includes veterans or active military members on stage with him.Over the years, Keith built the image of an unapologetic star with a high sense of patriotism.
Here are seven reasons why we all love Toby Keith:
- He Started His Own Record Label
Over the past years of his career, Toby has collaborated with various record labels, but eventually decided to start his own record label.
In 2005, he founded Show Dog Nashville where many prominent artists signed, including Trace Adkins, Randy Houser, Phil Vassar, and his daughter, country singer Krystal Keith. His past nine studio albums were released under his own record label, which included his 35 Biggest Hits compilation album.
- He Pledged Allegiance To A Brand
Truck owners have an age-old debate: Ford or Chevy? Well, Keith gave his answer and became a spokesman for his preferred model – Ford!
He even filmed a few commercials over the years for Ford, which included him singing a song called “Ford Truck Man”. Here’s the commercial:
- He Asked Everyone, “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
Once he released this hit, it already gained a few No.1’s. He later revealed that the song “How Do You Like Me Now?!” goes to all the people who never appreciated him as a person, but now that he’s famous, those same people try to get back in his life as friends and even more!
In his biography on Way Back Machine, Toby revealed that the idea for the song came from his personal catch phrase.
“Initially, I said, ‘Here’s my title: “You Never Loved Me Before, So How Do You Like Me Now?’” he wrote. “A lot of people become successful after they’ve been told they won’t ever be, so people can relate to this.”
- Merle Haggard’s Son Caught Him Singing Karaoke
When Keith joined Merle Haggard’s son, Ben, and his legendary band, The Strangers for an epic tribute at the American Country Countdown Awards in May 2016, the gang later went to a local Mexican restaurant where they had karaoke going that night.
When Keith got up to sing, he sang Kenny Roger’s “Lady” with such passion!
- He’s an unapologetic patriot
Keith often ends his shows with “Courtesy Of The Red, White, and Blue,” sometimes letting a veteran or active duty military member say the passionate lyrics, “‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass/It’s the American way!”
He got the inspiration for this song from the car accident that killed his father, an Army veteran, in March 2001, as well as the September 11th attacks later that year.
After the attack, Keith wrote the heartwarming and powerful song, and it took him only 20 minutes. Even though he was reluctant to release the song, Commandant of the Marine Corps, James L. Jones gave him a little push.
He also ends every show by saying, “Never apologize for being patriotic!”
- He Stepped Up For ‘The Hag’
When Merle Haggard was playing a show in Las Vegas on February 6, 2016, Keith was also in town. Two months before the show, Haggard was diagnosed with double pneumonia and was ordered by doctors not to perform, but he decided not to take their advice.
Right before the show Keith stopped by his dressing room and Haggard asked him how many of his songs he knew.
“All of ’em,” Keith replied.
That’s when Haggard asked him to join him on stage for the show, and when he wasn’t able to sing anymore, Keith took over for him.
Sadly, that was Haggard’s last concert, as he passed away exactly two months later.
- He Recorded A Song With Country Legend Willie Nelson
Even though they seem like an unlikely duo, they proved to be excellent partners.
In 2003 they released “Beer For my Horses”,and it stayed No.1 on the charts for 6 weeks! They starred in the awesome music video, which features them as a father-son detective duo solving a crime.
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