Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has been a workin' man dang near all his life, as his full spring and summer schedule can attest. At the top of the list is the Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series, which opens May 10 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Rising country singer-songwriter Eric Paslay has recently been added to select Interstates & Tailgates Tour stops.
With dates crisscrossing North America already on the books, performing will keep Keith busy through October. At the same time, fans hungry for new music can take heart that Toby has returned to the studio and is working on a new album. His most recent album 35 mph Town was released last year to widespread acclaim.
Next month, the 13th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic will raise money for the Toby Keith Foundation and its work supporting seriously ill children and their families through the OK Kids Korral. A "Denim & Diamonds" gala dinner, performance and auction June 3 will give way to the next day's shotgun start golf tournament. Approximately 750 attendees are expected at the event, which has raised millions since its inception.
Most recently, Keith honored Country Music Hall of Famer and legend the late Merle Haggard on last Sunday's American Country Countdown Awards. The prime time performance on FOX-TV ran through a small sample of Haggard's genre-defining songs including "Mama Tried," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink," "Workin' Man Blues," "Silver Wings," and "Okie From Muskogee."
In addition to honoring Haggard with an extended medley, Keith was honored to have Merle's son Ben and his band the Strangers backing him. "To get to work with the Strangers is a big deal to me," Keith told Rolling Stone. "I've been listening to them since I was a baby." Read the full interview here and watch the performance here.
Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series dates, subject to change:
May 10 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 17th Hole on TPC Sawgrass
May 21 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
June 17 Solomons, MD Calvert Marine Museum's PNC Waterside Pavilion
June 18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 24 Brainerd, MN Lakes Jam Festival
June 25 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premiere Center
June 30 Cherokee, NC Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Resort
July 1 Biloxi, MS Harrah's Gulf Coast Casino & Hotel
July 8 Virginia Beach Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 9 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
July 10 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 14 Toronto, ONT Moison Canadian Amphitheatre
July 15 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 16 Hartford XFINITY Theatre
July 21 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
July 22 Boston XFINITY Center
July 31 Sweet Home, OR Oregon Jamboree
Aug 4 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug 5 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
Aug 6 Windsor, ONT The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor East
Aug 12 Chicago Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 13 Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion
Aug 14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept 8 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
Sept 9 Indianapolis Klipsch Music Center
Sept 10 St Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept 23 Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept 24 West Palm Beach Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
Oct 15 Dallas Cattle Baron's Ball