(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) The time honored tradition of slowing down for the
holidays may be lost on singer, songwriter and performer Toby Keith,
who is capping an already remarkable year with a few more milestones.
"God Love Her," the second single from Keith's current album That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy, is one of his fastest rising singles and has already powered into the singles charts on both the Country Aircheck/Mediabase and Billboard/R&R. The song is the follow-up to the No. 1 smash "She Never Cried In Front Of Me." And People has already called Bad Guy, "...one of the strongest albums of Keith's career" and the Washington Post declared, "Even when he's a 'bad guy,' Toby Keith finishes first."
Keith's secondary but already impressive career arc, as an actor, continues its momentum as Beer For My Horses, his second major motion picture, is in-demand on television and as a popular gift item in DVD format. CMT, which has drawn 17.2 million viewers (P2+)* since its network premiere of the film in November (that airing delivered the channel’s second most watched telecast of 2008 behind the CMT Awards broadcast), has seemingly made it a staple of its year-end programming. The Buffalo News called the film "idiomatically dead-on, well written, smartly paced and provides plenty of belly laughs," and Tulsa Today added "a cult classic in the making."
But the theatrical and network television success of Beer, and Keith's continuing ability to write, sing and record chart-topping songs only tell part of the story for 2008. He did, after all, bow two albums at No. 1 this year, the previously mentioned Bad Guy this fall, as well as his 35 Biggest Hits in the summer.
The 2008 Biggest & Baddest Tour again saw Toby playing standing-room-only venues nationwide, and he's not done yet having recently announced a winter leg commencing Jan. 22 in Albany.
But Keith may count some of his biggest accomplishments as the $500,000 his Ally's House charity recently donated to help build a pediatric oncology unit in his native Oklahoma, as well as seventh USO Tour to forward operating bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. And then are the those little things that just have to make him smile...like finding out two of his friends – Retired Marine General James Jones and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson – will soon be serving the country in the new president's cabinet. Or having Forbes name him the "Best Paid" male musician in the world.
Of course, now he just has to figure out how to top himself in '09.