21 January 2009
TOBY KEITH HEATS UP WINTER WITH BIGGEST & BADDEST TOUR
<(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) How do you make Toby Keith"s standing-room-only
2008 tour even bigger and badder? You extend it into 2009 and add
some of the most promising rising stars to the bill. And that"s
exactly what the acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi-media threat
Toby is warming up the engines (Ford Trucks, of course) for the
tour's winter leg, which kicks off Jan. 22 in Albany, NY. Previously
announced guest Jason Aldean will be onstage for the tour's first
five stops. And now Jack Ingram has been confirmed for a half-dozen
dates, two of which add Julianne Hough in an opening slot.
Ingram joins the bill for the Feb. 5 show in Asheville, NC; Feb. 6 in
Louisville, KY; Feb. 7 in Pikeville, KY; Feb. 20 in Green Bay, WI;
Feb. 21 in Rockford, IL; and Feb. 22 in Des Moines, IA. Hough will
perform on the Louisville and Des Moines dates.
Native Georgian Aldean quickly become one of country's brightest
young talents with the his gold-selling self-titled debut album. His
sophomore album, 2007's Relentless, only expanded his amped up
country repertoire. Ingram is one of the few artists whose success on
the Texas music circuit has been mirrored by national chart and album
sales success. His decade as a top drawing live performer was
ironically punctuated in 2008 with his win as the ACM's Top New Male
Vocalist. Hough's love of country music preceded her dance career and
starring role on ABC's Dancing With Stars, and she took aim at her
true life's ambition with her 2008 debut album.
A strong supporting cast is a perfect lead-in for Keith's hit-packed
show, for which fans will be clamoring considering there are several
new smash singles now in the mix. Toby's latest chart-stormer "God
Love Her" recently shot into the top 5. The song is the second single
from Keith's current album That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy. It follows
the No. 1 smash "She Never Cried In Front Of Me." As for the album
itself, People called it "...one of the strongest albums of Keith's
career" and the Washington Post added, "Even when he's a 'bad guy,'
Toby Keith finishes first."
Toby closed 2008 as strongly as he's opening the new year. Of
particular note was his success on screen. Beer For My Horses earned
prodigious airplay on CMT and was a popular holiday gift in DVD
format. And this response came in the wake of the film's theater-
filling run in markets.
But Keith's second successful feature film run won't overshadow his
music. He's sold more than 25 million albums in this decade alone,
while playing for capacity crowds coast-to-coast. Having written the
overwhelming majority of his innumerable hit singles -- starting with
his 1993 debut No. 1 "Should've Been A Cowboy" -- and now in the
position of self-producing on his own label, Toby Keith may be the
most successful fully-autonomous recording artist in music history.