|Toby Keith at 2014 Allen County Fair|
|Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:14 PM|
From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his latest release “Drinks After Work,” Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit-makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy’s Tavern, the lead single, “Made in America,” topped the charts as one of the fastest-rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen.
The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with viral video with more than 22 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs. His latest single, “Shut Up And Hold On,” hails from his current offering.
At the core of Toby’s unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 80 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Decade.
His albums have sold more than 38 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard’s Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard’s No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No.1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours, including 2013’s Hammer Down Tour, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. His roster of I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants continues to grow and his signature spirit Wild Shot has become the No. 1 premium mezcal in the U.S. These, among other endeavors, have earned Keith annual recognition from Forbes as one of very top-earning entertainers/musicians in the world.
But Toby’s most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it’s helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation or supporting US Troops, including USO Tours through the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.
Grimm said the signing of Toby Keith may be the most recognized singer the fair has ever had, although he added the fair has had a stellar lineup throughout the years. He said the fair’s board of directors went all out to secure the services of Keith and bring a superstar to western Ohio’s largest event.
“We’re excited that Toby has accepted our offer,” said Grimm. “We worked long and hard to get him. His list of hits is a mile long and he appeals to people of all ages. This is an opportunity for people to see Toby in his only appearance in northwestern Ohio and eastern Indiana.”
Grimm said the support act for the show will be announced at a later date.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. March 8 at the Allen County Fair Box Office at the Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima; by phone at 419-228-7141; or on line at www.allencofair.com. Tickets are priced from $42 for grandstand and bleachers, $52 for track and $65 for Toby’s Party Zone Pit area (standing), which is the closest to the stage and features a special runway in front of the stage. Ticket holders may buy gate admission tickets at the time of purchasing Keith tickets, which are necessary to enter the fairgrounds.
Grimm said they expect to sell out.
“This will be a hot show and we encourage people to buy early since patrons will be coming from great distances to see this show,” he said.