Toby Keith

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    August 13, 2014

    Review: Dear Toby Keith, You Don't Want Your Name on this Bar & Grill

    There is definitely a dress code at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. After sitting at a table waiting to get service for 20 minutes, I realized that the people around me in plaid, button-down shirts with pearl snaps and dusty brown cowboy boots with Wrangler jeans tucked into the top were get ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    What's On the Musical Menu at These New Houston Spots

    Just three months into 2014, Houston already has a fair amount of newly opened restaurants and bars that host live music. Seeing that the Greater Houston area is large, diverse, ever-changing and all kinds of grand, we all could have probably guessed that. It's still early in the year, but here's wh ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Toby Keith Brings His Bar & Grill to Houston

    Full disclosure: I had to Google "Toby Keith" in order to write this article. Yes, I knew he's a country singer. And I knew he was the guy in that "Red Solo Cup" song. But that was about the extent of my knowledge. I don't really listen to country music (if that makes me a bad Texan, so be it), so ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    The Beaumonts Love the Lord, Just Not Nashville Autotune Pop Cowboys

    Troy Wayne Delco, fearless leader of the Beaumonts, is not your average alt-country fool. Or tool. No, Mr. Delco is an extraordinary alt-country fool, a buffoon of Country Dick Montana stature, a bard of Mojo Nixonesque talent careening about as far into the bar ditch as he can take his band of sla ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Better Know Your Muslim Music Genres

    In 2010, writer and producer Javed Mohammed decided to get the ball rolling on World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film. The internationally recognized holiday annually celebrated on March 15 is meant to spotlight the peaceful contributions followers of Islam make to society, and to art ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Willie Nelson at Arena Theatre

    Willie Nelson Arena Theatre March 10, 2013 For some artists, even superlatives aren't enough. Willie Nelson turns 80 next month. He's been making music -- and making a living off it -- longer than my parents have been alive. And while there are other country artists of similar vintage and pedigree ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Last Night: Toby Keith at Reliant Stadium

    Toby Keith Reliant Stadium February 25, 2013 Toby Keith. That big galoot. Thanks to one song that he didn't even play Monday night, Toby Keith is still painted in much of the media as a frothing, flag-waving, rabid right-winger of Nugentesque proportions. In point of fact, he's much too laid-back ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide For "Bros": Toby Keith

    Date: March 25 Name: Toby Keith AKA: "That dude on the Ford commercials"

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    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012

    Does Toby Keith Need an Intervention? His Top 5 Drinking Songs

    Rocks Off was excited to hear that Toby Keith is scheduled to make an appearance at next year's RodeoHouston. We just hope he makes it here. Rewind: Saturday Night: Toby Keith at The Woodlands You see, we're starting to worry a little about Toby Keith's health. Not about the health of his career ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Toby Keith, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan Kick Off RodeoHouston 2013

    Moments ago, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announced its first four non-George Strait entertainers for the 2013 season: Toby Keith (February 25), teen stars Demi Lovato and Austin Mahone (March 3), Jason Aldean (March 11) and Luke Bryan (March 16). As usual, the rodeo is offering two pocket-si ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    5 More Great 9/11 Songs

    Rewind: The Top 5 Best & Worst Songs About 9/11 Looking at it now, 11 years to the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the al-Qaeda-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, it's still difficult to underestimate how much the world changed that day. The real ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Saturday Night: Toby Keith at The Woodlands

    Toby Keith Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 8, 2012 Toby Keith is America writ small: beholden to corporate interests, often hypocritical, prone to pursuing his baser urges while exhorting others to hold themselves to a higher standard. He is, in many ways, our exemplary artist for these m ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    CMA Nominations Don't Forget Texans Miranda Lambert, Eli Young Band

    Nothing says country music like Times Square. Or is that the other way around? Regardless, the 2012 nominees for the Country Music Association were announced by stars (and nominees) Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean earlier this morning. It helps that Times Square is the home of Good Morning America's st ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Don't Tread on Me: The Top 10 Musical Celebrations of American Might

    Rock and pop music in the United States has earned a distinguished reputation for quality protest anthems and anti-war songs, from Country Joe and the Fish all the way up to friggin' Green Day. And that's great; it really is. Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's m ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Who's Got the Power?: The Musicians On Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrities List

    Fame and fortune might not be the ultimate goal for every person to ever write a song or learn an instrument, but it is for a lot of people out there. It would be lovely to believe that music is done 100% of the time for the "right" reasons, but most of us are cynical enough to know otherwise. Some ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Strait Bonin' Turns Our Beloved Icon Into King Of Porn Country

    Of course you all know that today is George Strait's 60th birthday, and the King Of Country just announced that he is coming back to RodeoHouston next spring for a March 17th date with Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band. What a great end that will be to a torrid week at SXSW in Austin. This w ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Decoding Newt Gingrich Based on His Known Musical Tastes

    The digital revolution is slowly killing our favorite form of amateur psychoanalysis. We've all gone through someone's CD collection at some point when they weren't in the room, and from the albums we found we were able to deduce something about their personality. Now, we don't even have a CD shelf, ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Eat It: Restaurants Owned by Musicians

    ​Hotlanta is so hot that they can even turn their airport into a club. Stay with us. A few days ago, Ludacris announced that he will close his Asian/Singaporean restaurant, Straits, and embark on a new "restaurateur" opportunity: opening a "Chicken and Beer" restaurant inside of Atlanta's Hart ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Goodtime Moonshine: 8 Brands Of Musician-Backed Booze

    warmingglow.uproxx.comShirtless hillbillies, backyard stills, and Cletus from the Simpson = things we normally associate with moonshine.​Tuesday, representatives for Colt Ford announced the Georgia-born singer best known for 2010's Chicken and Biscuits would be the first country music star wit ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" And Other Household Items That Need Theme Songs

    ​OK, we've never been devout Toby Keith fans. At all. Our image of him changed though as we heard more of his politics, post-"Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" and he came out as a fan of gay marriage and gays in the military. Who says all country guys have to be right-wing torchbearers any ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    30 Seconds With Reverse The Curse's Ed Starcher

    Rocks Off sat down with Ed Starcher of Reverse the Curse, to see what we could find out about the vocalist/guitarist for one of indie-rock's biggest up-and-comers in 30 seconds. ​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Ed Starcher: Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White And Blue ( ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Who Will Write The First "Osama Is Dead" Hit Song?

    ​Now that more details are starting to emerge about Sunday's Navy SEAL helicopter raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and several members of the al-Qaeda jefe's entourage - especially how the months-long planning and 40-minute firefight was planned in total secrecy, and executed ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Video: Jane's Addiction Announces Bin Laden's Death At Buzzfest

    Last night during their Buzzfest 26-closing set at at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, classic alt-rockers Jane's Addiction had the distinct honor of announcing to the nearly sold-out crowd at the shed that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by American special forces.

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    October 28, 2010

    Mission Accomplished: Your Buzzword Is My Band Name, Part 2

    ​We're getting closer to a midterm election that, more and more, is coming to resemble two dachshunds we had as a kid who would lose their little doggy minds over a chew toy and attack each other in a weiner-dog whirlwind of until separated by a garden hose. The attack ads are a-flying, and e ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    How Much Does Houston Like Rush? A Lot.

    Photos by Groovehouse/ Click link for a slideshowRush's Geddy Lee: "Hmmm... looks like a sellout to me."​Rush's "Time Machine" tour was well-named in more ways than one. Not only did the Canadian trio perform 1981's Moving Pictures in its entirety, but the tour transported the concert industry ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Hands Up Post: Honky-Tonk Houston's Done Got Out Of Hand

    ​A recent thread on the Hands Up Houston message board found poster "honky honk" complaining (and mangling the English language): Dear Houston. Why are you excepting [sic] this right wing, overtly white genre of music known as honky tonk or country? Why do we have to travel that far back ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    The Ten Worst Songs About Cowboys

    ​Sunday at noon, the Dallas Cowboys and our own Houston Texans face off at Reliant Stadium. The Texans are 2-0 and the Cowboys have not won one game at all this year. The Texans have won two games, and the Cowboys do not have any wins. At all. Understandably, spirits are high this week on bo ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Ford Shilling Aside, Toby Keith Ain't As Bad As He Once Was

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™​It would be an understatement to say Aftermath wasn't exactly looking forward to this show. Our previous experience with the esteemed Mr. Keith was limited to occasionally hearing his songs in bars and one night spent drinking at his restauran ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Toby Keith, Ever The Angry American

    Date: March 12 Name: Toby Keith AKA: "Mr. Boot in Your Ass" Genre: [This is our] country Best Known Song(s): "Beer for My Horses," "How Do You Like Me Now?", "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Ugly Angry American)" Key Demographic: Dick Cheney, ex-boyfriends of Natalie Maines, that surviva ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Bold and Fresh Tour: O'Reilly and Beck LIVE

    These right-wing heroes take to the big screen

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    January 14, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Shuck Daddy's

    Photos by Paul Knight​Obsolete August, a cover band that plays live music at Shuck Daddy's on Wednesday nights, was in the middle of a rendition of Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" when we walked in. To make matters worse, it was a slow-rolling version, almost like a love ballad. The song se ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    RodeoHouston 2010 Entertainer Lineup Includes Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber and Some Country Folks You Can Probably Guess

    ​Monday morning, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the remainder of its Reliant Stadium entertainment calendar for this year's rodeo, which begins March 2. Debuting on Reliant's revolving stage this year are Jason Aldean (March 6) and Texans the Eli Young Band (March 19). Returning fr ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Oh, Great: Nashville Songwriters Name Redneck Doofus Toby Keith Artist of the Decade

    We beg to differ, jerkwad...​Sadly, it's official: Toby Keith, that big redneck doofus who is always threatening to put his boots up somebody's ass or feuding with the Dixie Chicks, has been declared by Nashville Songwriters Association International the top songwriter/artist OF THE DECADE. Man, ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Pork bellies galore. They plump when you cook and/or tickle them.​Welcome back to Eating Our Words' weekly roundup, where we've already picked all those wonderful little brown rye chips out of the Gardetto's. This week started off with a story from another dimension: Conservatives are applaudi ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Artist of the Week: BetterLuck

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to some reason, back in 20 ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Saving Country Music Rides to Rocks Off's Aid

    This has been a fun week down in the Rocks Off foxhole, as Toby Keith's loyal minions have besieged us with comments taking issue with our review of the Big Dog Daddy's lackluster RodeoHouston performance Wednesday. (Come on, guys, we did say the guitar work on "Stranglehold" was pretty badass.) The ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Aftermath: Toby Keith at RodeoHouston

    Photos by Mark C. AustinIt's easy to see why Toby Keith is so popular... until he opens his mouth to sing. The 47-year-old singer, actor and tireless Ford pitchman has the kind of easygoing, big-galoot charisma that would make him an ideal drinking buddy. No doubt that's why so many of his so ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Tonight: Toby Keith at Reliant Stadium

    Just think, if not for September 11, Toby Keith would probably still be as bland as dry toast and just as exciting. The horrific events of that day, and our nation's rapid retaliation, suddenly sprung the Oklahoma-born Keith into action - he soon began a whole new career as a political fire ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    What Are Houston Twitterers Doing For the Rodeo?

    We don't know if you're heard, but there's something going on over at Reliant Stadium called the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. We sent the call out over Twitter for Houston folks to tell us their plans, and they did. Y'all are cooperative that way. Houston Press comments are in parentheses. txky ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    January 12, 2009

    RodeoHouston Announces Complete 2009 Lineup

    Lady Antebellum RodeoHouston announced the remainder of its 2009 concert calendar this morning, a lineup that includes several old standbys - although, once again, no George Strait (boo) - and a few first-timers. Making their rodeo debuts this year are Beyonce's little sister Solange (March 6, part ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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    December 16, 2006

    Top Ten Country Albums, 2006 - Part II

    Part II of our look at the top ten country albums of 2006. Danielle Peck Danielle Peck (Big Machine) Perhaps the most difficult way to make a really superlative commercial country album is to play by all the rules, and just do it better than everyone else. The lift here comes from smart song ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006

    Just Say No Ms

    In which we examine Cancuntry music

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    December 8, 2005

    Down-Home Delights

    Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere

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    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

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    January 29, 2004

    Pats and Cats Bring It Back

    The biggest of them all returns to Houston

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    December 4, 2003

    The Mavericks

    Saturday, December 6

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    March 27, 2003

    Hissin' Dixie.

    Country stars battle it out on the eve of war

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