Tag Archives: Toby Keith

Jan
22

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Luke Bryan, Toby Keith & Brad Paisley Lead Route 91 Harvest’s Star-Studded Lineup

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Selling out in only its second year, Route 91 Harvest has quickly become a country music calendar staple and will return to Las Vegas for a third time with heavyweights Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Chris Young and more leading the charge.  Set to take place at the Las Vegas Village across from Luxor Hotel and CasinoSept. 30 – Oct. 2, fans will enjoy the “wide range of music performed at this festival” (Las Vegas Sun) when passes for the three-day, two-stage country music festival go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. PT at RT91Harvest.com.

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Nov
2

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Toby Keith ‘Beautiful Stranger’ – Single Review

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“Rum Is The Reason” was originally thought to be Toby Keith’s latest single from his new album, 35 MPH Town, but evidently they’ve decided to go a different route and release “Beautiful Stranger” as the official third single. I’m guessing that after testing “Rum Is The Reason”, Keith’s people finally realized that it’s actually a really boring song that would easily get lost on radio, therefore deciding to go with the stronger “Beautiful Stranger”.

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Oct
12

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Toby Keith ’35 MPH Town’ – Album Review

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Toby Keith soared to fame in the 90’s with hits like “Should Have Been A Cowboy” and “How Do You Like Me Now?”. Since then he has put out a steady stream of hits, with the more recent ones being “Red Solo Cup” and “Drinks After Work”. Keith has recently released his 18th studio album, 35 MPH Town. I was leery going into this album, considering that Keith hasn’t exactly been producing great material as of late. In the past 5 years, Keith has had only one #1 hit. He has spent these last 5 years chasing the “Bro” trend in a desperate ploy to stay “relevant”, and failing at it. Keith has always been a contemporary country singer. I don’t think there’s ever been a point in time when you could classify Keith as traditional. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with being contemporary country… But there is a whole lot wrong with being Bro Country. I wish country veterans like Keith would just stick to the sound they’re known for, the one fans love.
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Oct
5

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Toby Keith ‘Rum Is The Reason’ – Single Review

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Toby Keith has recently released the third single from his 18th studio album, 35 MPH Town. Toby Keith hasn’t had much success as of late. The lead single, “Drunk Americans”, from his current album peaked at #27, while the second, “35 MPH Town” only made #42. So here we have the latest single, “Rum Is The Reason”, currently sitting at #45 on Hot Country Songs. Keith soared to fame in the 90s with hits like “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and “Dream Walking”, but seems to be waning in popularity as of the last few years. He made an attempt to stay relevant and follow the Bro Country phase, only to fail at it. I always find it sad when veterans like Keith decide to chase the latest trends in order to “stay relevant”. I’d rather they keep their musical integrity and stick to what their fans love, rather than chase stupid trends that they don’t really need.
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Apr
17

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Toby Keith ’35 MPH Town’ – Single Review

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Toby Keith has a penchant for drinking songs, and he made that no more clear than in the last several singles he has released. I have chastized him for it on many an occasion. But with ’35 MPH Town’ he breaks that mould, presenting an interesting narrative and message that has wider implications than it initially appears. Musically it’s not anything too groundbreaking, snug in a bed of 80s rock electric guitars and arena-style drums with a recognizable riff, peppered harmonics and throwback synths to support the guitar work. Yet, it’s not quite in the style of the younger generation’s bro-country either, preferring more of a reverberating “stripped-back” effect than the pedal-to-the-metal-throw-every-genre-of-music-in approach popularized by some of his younger adversaries.

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Nov
4

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Doobie Brothers ‘Southbound’ – Album Review

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‘Southbound’ is a compilation of 12 of Doobie Brothers’ classic hits, recorded as duets with some of country music’s biggest names, such as Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Zac Brown Band. I have to admit that I was unfamiliar with Doobie Brothers before reviewing this album, and so my first experience of them was through this duets album.

On first listen I loved it. It fit with all of my stereotypes of rock ‘n roll, with the heavy riff-guitars, rock-harmonies in the chorus and Kiss-like vocals. In short, it was what I, as a nineties baby, thought ‘70s rock was like, after exposure to modern re-releases and covers of old rock songs. Continue reading

Oct
22

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Toby Keith ‘Drunk Americans’ – Single Review

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It’s neither here nor there that Toby Keith’s past six singles have been about drinking, is it? ‘Red Solo Cup’, ‘Beers Ago’, ‘I Like Girls That Drink Beer’, ‘Hope On The Rocks’, ‘Drinks After Work’ and ‘Shut Up And Hold On’ all centered around a very basic message: Drinking is fun, let’s do it some more. This becomes especially poignant when we consider that Toby was recently said to be wasted at a show, causing a fan to complain and videos to pop up online. So when he goes on to announce his next single, ‘Drunk Americans’, well it seems that either he is pigeonholing himself as an artist, or he has a problem. We are not alluding to either possibility.

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Oct
13

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Toby Keith’s New Single Raises A Glass To “Drunk Americans”

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Celebratory Track At Radio And Retail On Oct. 14

Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is making a splash with brand new music timed to wet the whistle of fans with his latest track “Drunk Americans,” which releases to country radio and will also be available everywhere for digital download on October 14.

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