The second Keepin’ It Country Mustached Man for Movember is likely the most fitting on a patriotic day. As you all know, Toby Keith is as American as they come and he celebrates his love for his country in many of his smash hit songs.
Since 2002, Keith has made numerous trips to the Middle East to bring entertainment and encouragement to the United States’ men and women serving on, or near, the front lines. “My father was a soldier. He taught his kids to respect veterans,” said Toby. “It’s that respect and the thank you that we have a military that’s in place and ready to defend our nation; our freedom.”
Toby has never been lock-lipped about his feelings toward politics, war, or his support for the troops. Toby’s candidness is what many have come to love (or hate) about one of country music’s most familiar names and faces. On March 24, 2001, his father, H.K. Covel, was killed in a car accident. That event and the September 11 attacks in 2001 prompted Keith to write the song Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue, a song about his father’s patriotism and faith in the United States. After much debating regarding whether to record the song on an album or save it as a live performance-only treat, Toby recorded same. As the lead single from his album Unleashed, Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue peaked at number one over the Fourth of July weekend.
Toby didn’t stop with just one song about the country he loves. He also recorded American Soldier, a song about a soldier headed off to war, as his “support for the American fighting men and women.” American Solider peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. Additionally, Toby wrote and recorded Made in America which encourages the purchasing of American-made products to bolster the nation’s economy. This song also peaked at number one on the Billboard charts.
Of course, this is just a minor sampling of Toby’s undeniably successful country career, as he has released a total of sixteen studio albums; has had twenty number one hits; has won four American Music Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards, one Billboard Award, and one American Country Award. Toby is also the subject of one of the most infamous acronyms in country music history – FUTK (courtesy of Natalie Maines).
Today, on this Veteran’s Day, we salute those who have served and those who are currently serving and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We also salute our Mustached Man of the week on this Veteran’s Day Monday, Mr. Toby Keith, for standing his ground, never taking a vow of silence, and for sharing his love of the red, white, and blue with all of us through his talents and the gift of music.