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ACM Poll: Male Vocalist of the Year



Up next in our polls are the boys with the “Male Vocalist” category!

Blake Shelton is the reigning Male Vocalist of the Year. Do you think Blake is going to take it again this year? Or is the award going to Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, or Toby Keith?

Let us know your vote!



ACM: Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Blake Shelton (56%, 1,235 Votes)
  • Luke Bryan (31%, 682 Votes)
  • Jason Aldean (5%, 115 Votes)
  • Eric Church (4%, 83 Votes)
  • Toby Keith (4%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,188

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Toby Keith Wins BMI Awards

Toby Keith.

Congratulations to country superstar Toby Keith! The Show Dog-Universal artist was presented with a pretty special award this week from BMI – the “Million-Air Award” to celebrate the publishing credits on more than fifteen of his own mega-hit songs. The Broadcast Music, Inc. awarded Toby the special title for his singles “How Do You Like Me Now?”, “Beer For My Horses,” “She Never Cried In Front Of Me,” “God Love Her,” “I Love This Bar,” and “Who’s Your Daddy.”

BMI Vice-President/Writer-Publisher Relations Jody Williams and Assistant Vice President/Writer-Publish Relations Clay Bradley gave Toby the award at a ceremony in Nashville last night. Toby was in-studio on Music Row when he was presented all of the certificates, which you can check out below:

Toby Keith with his certificates from BMI last night.

Toby Keith with his certificates from BMI last night.


Clay shared why BMI is so excited to give Toby the special title:

“Toby Keith is a stalwart BMI songwriter, who we’ve been honored to work with since early in his career. With these honors, he now stands at over 80 million performances and shows no signs of stopping.”





What’s your favorite Toby Keith song of all time?

Toby Keith, Luke Bryan & Brad Paisley confirmed for Watershed Fest!

Toby Keith.

After a successful first year, the Watershed Music Festival is returning to the picturesque Gorge Amphitheatre August 2-4.  Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Terri Clark, Kip Moore, Thompson Square, Chris Young and more with late night sets at the “World Famous Late Night Honky Tonk” by Shooter Jennings and Blackberry Smoke.  Three-day festival passes and camping go on sale Friday, March 15 at www.watershedfest.com and .ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.  Camping starts at $110 and festival passes are priced at $149 including taxes and fees.

“This time last year as we were getting ready to announce the first year of this festival, we knew we had a great location and a unique concept for country fans, but we didn’t know how amazing the weekend would turn out to be,” said Brian O’Connell, five-time ACM Promoter of the Year and President of Live Nation, Nashville.  “We were blown away by the fans and the support from the artists.  We have some new surprises planned for this year and hope to keep making it bigger and better year after year.”

Watershed Music Festival features a versatile lineup of artists,  late night sets, outrageous camping sites, collaborations and more.   The Gorge Amphitheatre, located in George, Wash., is undoubtedly one of the most scenic concert venues in the world and offers sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge.  The area itself is a watershed for the Columbia River, thus inspiring the name of the event.

What an exciting line-up! Will you be going?

Toby Keith Mourns the Unexpected Loss of a Friend and Bandmate


It brings us great sadness to share that Toby Keith‘s longtime bass player and good friend, Carl “Chuck” Goff, Jr. The fifty-four year old passed away in Oklahoma on Wednesday, February 27th, after a motor vehicle accident.

Toby spoke out on his website regarding his friend:  “We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff. He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

Chuck Goff also lent a hand in writing some of Toby’s big hits, including “You Ain’t Much Fun” and “Upstairs Downtown” from the 1994 album “Boomtown”.

We extend our deepest condolences to Chuck Goff’s friends, family, and bandmates during this time. May his legacy live on through the relationships he built, the career he enjoyed, and the music he made.

Toby Keith takes over Texas

Toby Keith.

On Saturday, Feb. 9th, Toby Keith broke all attendance records for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.  Not only did he sell out the venue but it was the biggest crowd they have ever had since the event started in 1950.  Keith’s next performance stop will also be in Texas at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 25th.

And, as part of the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame Weekend, Toby Keith will be presented with an official certificate from the Office of the Governor hereby declaring Toby an Honorary Texan.  Other notable Honorary Texans include Bob Dylan, Russell Crowe, Bob Hope and many others. The event will take place on Sunday, March 3rd, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The superstar will deliver a special performance in honor of his most loved songwriters, Roger Miller.

Toby shares:

“Roger Miller was so intelligent that many of the greats would follow him around just for inspiration, just to hear him talk. He said some of the most famous quotes ever. If you want to hear cleverness, you want to hear wit, and you want to hear charm – you want to hear a ‘Class A’ songwriter, it’s Roger Miller.”

Toby Keith is preparing to put the hammer down on a new tour called, appropriately, the Hammer Down Tour. Presented by longtime partner Ford F-Series, the run begins on June 8 in Ozark, AR.  Joining him on this party is special guest Kip Moore.

Touring in support of his current album Hope On The Rocks, Keith will bring his acclaimed live show and its breakneck set list of hits, not the least of which is the album’s title track single, “Hope On The Rocks.”

Check out the full list of Toby’s tour dates for the year – are you going to any?

Miranda Lambert fills in for Lady Antebellum at Country Fest


Miranda Lambert is helping out some friends in need next year, replacing Lady Antebellum‘s headlining date at Country Fest in Wisconsin. The superstar trio were forced to cancel dates next year because member Hillary Scott is expecting her first baby. Miranda will headline the festival alongside Toby Keith and Jason Aldean.

Miranda is the first headliner for the four-day festival on Thursday, June 27th. It’s the only solo tour stop in June 2013 for Miranda.. She’l be hitting the road with the Pistol Annies for most of the Summer.

“We could not be more excited to announce Miranda Lambert as a Headliner for Country Fest ‘13!” says Country Fest. “She not only puts on the most entertaining and high energy show for her fans, she is adding this solo date to her previously scheduled tour dates with Pistol Annies to join the Country Fest Family here in Cadott. We cannot thank Miranda enough & look forward to her return this year!”

Country Fest Main Stage June 27-30, 2013: Jason Aldean, Toby, Keith, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, Gloriana, Colt Ford, Neal McCoy, Dustin Lynch, Josh Thompson, Love And Theft, Thomas Rhett, Parmalee, Edens Edge and JT Hodges.

Tickets & Camping for the 27th Annual Country Fest are currently available at Early Bird Pricing at countryfest.com . Prices increase January 23, 2013. Nearby hotels are available with continuous daily shuttle service for non-campers. Free mobile phone app also available now in app stores for Country Fest.

VIDEO: Toby Keith – Hope On The Rocks

Toby Keith.

Just in case you missed it last week, Toby Keith‘s brand new music video for his title track new single “Hope On The Rocks” is out! The music video follows the stories of a few brand new characters – including one played by Toby! Check out the video below and let us know what you think about Toby’s latest offering:

REVIEW: Toby Keith – Hope On The Rocks

Toby Keith.

Toby Keith has had the kind of career that young artists dream of. He’s released nearly an album a year for the last twenty years, more than forty of his singles have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, and twenty or so have hit Number One. He’s one of the top-earning country artists in the business, and seven years ago he transitioned to a new role and founded his own successful label.

“Hope On The Rocks” represents the eighth straight year he’s released an album, a streak that started with a personal favourite of mine, 2005’s Honkytonk University. The album opens with the title track, a downbeat number about those for whom a bartender doubles as therapist – “Where do they go?/They come here/to drown in their sorrow/and cry in their beer.” Keith has never been particularly acclaimed for non-party/non-patriotic songs, but this number proves, as did songs like “I Ain’t Already There“, that he’s fully capable of turning out great music of all tempos.

It’s Our Kinda Party and You Are Invited TONIGHT!


Tonight, on Fox, are the American Country Awards, and we will certainly be watching. We would love for you to join us during the show for our LIVE Twitter ACA Watching Party event!

Who:  The Staff of Keepin’ It Country
Where:  Twitter
When:  8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT
Why:  The ACAs are on and there is no better way to enjoy them than by chatting with thousands of your closest country-loving friends!
How:  It’s easy! Log on to Twitter when the ACAs begin and use the hashtags #keepinitcountry and #ACAwards to participate in our party. Share your comments on the presenters, performers, and winners with others who are also watching the show live!
And, one lucky Party Guest, chosen at random, will take home a ***signed Toby Keith CD*** as a party favor, just for showing up and hanging out with us!

We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget, add #keepinitcountry and #ACAwards to all of your tweets tonight for your chance to take home the prize!

VIDEO: Toby Keith – Hope on The Rocks Behind the Scenes part 2

Toby Keith.

Country music superstar Toby Keith will be releasing his brand new music video for “Hope On The Rocks” tomorrow, but he’s giving fans a special look behind the scenes with two videos. In the second part of the behind the scenes videos, he gets into detail on the characters in the song and video. Take a look below and don’t forget to check out his brand new video on its release tomorrow!

Did you pick up a copy of Toby’s new album “Hope On The Rocks” yet? What’s your favorite tracks?