Toby Keith Tickets : Keith Has Released Thirteen Studio Albums

{flickr|100|campaign} Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961), best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums 1993’s Toby Keith, 1994’s Boomtown, 1996’s Blue Moon and 1997’s Dream Walkin’, plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before exiting in 1998.

These albums all earned gold or higher certification, and produced several chart singles, including his debut “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, which topped the country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received 3 million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

Signed to Nashville DreamWorks in 1998, Keith released his breakthrough single “How Do You Like Me Now?!” that year. This song, the title track to his 1999 album of the same name, was the Number One country song of 2000, and one of several chart-toppers during his tenure on DreamWorks Nashville.

His next three albums, Pull My Chain, Unleashed, and Shock’n Y’all, produced three more Number Ones each, and all of the albums were certified multi-platinum. A second Greatest Hits package followed in 2004, and after that, he released Honkytonk University.

When Dreamworks closed in 2005, Keith founded his own label, Show Dog Nashville, which became part of Show Dog-Universal Music in December 2009. He has released five studio albums on this label: 2006’s White Trash with Money, 2007’s Big Dog Daddy, 2008’s That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy, 2009’s American Ride and 2010’s Bullets in the Gun as well as the compilation 35 Biggest Hits.

He has also signed several other acts to the label, including Trailer Choir, Carter’s Chord, Flynnville Train, Trace Adkins, Mac McAnally and Mica Roberts. Keith also made his acting debut in 2005, starring in the film Broken Bridges and co-starred with comedian Rodney Carrington in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses.

Keith has released thirteen studio albums, two Christmas albums, and multiple compilation albums. He has also charted more than forty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including nineteen Number One hits and sixteen additional Top Ten hits. His longest-lasting Number One hits are “Beer for My Horses” and “As Good as I Once Was” , at six weeks each.

Keith had a public feud with the Dixie Chicks over the song “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue”, in 2003 as well as over comments they made about President George W. Bush on stage during a concert in London.

The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, publicly stated that Keith’s song was “ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant.” Keith responded by belittling Maines’ songwriting skills, and by displaying a backdrop at his concerts showing a doctored photo of Maines with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

On May 21, 2003, Maines wore a T-shirt with the letters “FUTK” on the front at the Academy of Country Music Awards.While a spokesperson for the Dixie Chicks said that the acronym stood for “Friends United in Truth and Kindness,” many, including host Vince Gill, took it to be a shot at Keith (“Fuck You Toby Keith”).

In an October 2004 appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, Maines finally confessed that it was indeed a shot at Toby Keith, and that she “thought that nobody would get it.”
On March 24, 1984, Keith married his wife Tricia Zinter. He is the father of three children; two daughters Shelley (born 1980) and Krystal (born 1985), one son, Stelen (born 1997) and has one granddaughter (born 2008).

An avid University of Oklahoma sports fan, Keith is often seen at Oklahoma Sooners games and practices. He is also a fan of professional wrestling, being seen in the front row of numerous WWE shows that take place in Oklahoma, as well as performing Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue live at the first ever TNA Wrestling show on June 19, 2002.

On March 24, 2001, Keith’s father was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35. On 25 December 2007 the Covel family was awarded $ 2.8 million for the wrongful death of H.K. Covel. Elias and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co. were found liable as they failed to properly equip the charter bus with properly working air brakes.