5 Things You Might Not Know About Toby Keith

Since his debut in 1993, Toby Keith has solidified himself as Country Music’s greatest rabble rousers, who can sing about having a booze-fueled good time but also perform a beautiful ballad. He’s also written two of the all-time best patriotic anthems and has become one of the most popular artists of the last two decades. Here are five facts about Toby that you might not know:

 

 

1. Before he picked up the guitar, Toby threw around the pigskin and played defensive end on his football team at Moore High School, in Oklahoma. He passed his love of the game down to his son who was the star player on his high school football team. He would later play defensive end with the semi-pro Oklahoma City Drillers.

 

2. After highschool, Toby worked as a derrick hand on the oil fields of Oklahoma to make ends meet before becoming a country superstar and worked his way up to Operation Manager. The industry began to dry up in 1982 and Toby found himself out of work. He then picked up the guitar to pursue music fulltime.

 

3. Toby formed his first band Easy Money in 1981 at the age of 20 with his friends Scott Webb, Keith Cory, David "Yogi" Vowell and Danny Smith. He would have to leave while performing if he was called to work in the field.

 

4. It only took Toby 20 minutes to write his biggest song to date, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” a song inspired by the 9/11 attacks and the patriotism and faith his recently deceased father had in the United States.

 

5. “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” was the last song to be aired in Baghdad by the Armed Forces Radio Network before ceasing operations there. It was voted to play by service members in a poll.

 

IAN STEWART