Toby Keith America’s Man
Early Life • Real name is Toby Keith Covel • Born July 8, 1961 • Early interest in music. • Early activities.
Career Beginnings • First gigs. • Early Work. • Conflict of interests. • Other career options.
Discovery • Discovery =Luck + Networking. • Helping hands. • First record label. • First Hit
The first sign of Attitude • Rocky beginnings. • Other options. • Another hit song. • Album of the Year. • First signs of attitude.
Gaining Momentum • Continued success. • Keith was critical of his own music. • Experience made him a better performer.
Steady Career Progression • Keith writes all of his own music • Consistent production • He also knows his audience
Four main themes • Keith sets himself apart in the music industry by sticking to four popular themes • Comedy • Patriotism • Alcohol • Blue Collar
Comedy via Music • Red Solo Cup • Taliban Song • Trailorhood
Songs for the Soldiers • American Soldier • Be proud of the men in uniform • The Angry American • Be angry in response of attack • The Taliban Song • A comedic look at the life of a terrorist
Bar Songs • Red Solo Cup • I Love this Bar • Whiskey Girl • Beer for the Horses. • Beers Ago
Blue Collar Music • Made in America • Trailorhood • Bullets in the Gun
Bullets in the Gun. • Written by Toby Keith • Written in 2010 • Acoustic Guitar – Toby Keith • Acoustic Guitar – Pat Bergeson • Electric Guitar – Tom Bukovac • Bass Guitar – Kevin Grantt • Drums – Chad Cromwell
Listening Guide: Bullets in the Gun • Introduction: Banjo and guitars. Quiet beginning. • Chorus: Powerful instruments. Increased tempo. • Second verse is faster than the first. Guitar combo is signature. • The Second verse is the peak of the song. Loudest instruments. • Slow third verse is excellent use of rise and fall of rhythm. • Final chorus: energetic ending fades to the end.
I Love this Bar • Written in 2003 by Toby Keith • Co-written by Scotty Emerick • Shok’nYall album • Acoustic Guitar – Toby Keith • Electric Guitar – Brent Mason • Bass Guitar - Mike Brignardello • Acoustic Guitar – Larry Byrom • Steel Guitar – Paul Franklin • Drums – Owen Hale • Five weeks at the No. 1 Spot of the Country Music Billboard
Listening Guide: I Love this Bar. • Much slower song • First verse is slow with guitars and light percussion. • Chorusthe faster part of the song. • Second verse brings out the banjo and more. • Final chorus: the drummer brings the beat and a guitar solo here. • Final verse keeps the volume up, guitars add a little.
American Soldier • Also from Shock’nYall • Written in 2003 • Written b Toby Keith and Chuck Cannon • Produced by DreamWorks • Acoustic Guitar - Toby Keith • Acoustic Guitar – Larry Byrom • Electric Guitar – Brent Mason • Bass Guitar – Mike Brignardello • Steel Guitar – Paul Franklin • Piano – Clayton Ivey • Drums – Own Hale
Listening Guide: American Soldier • Piano, violins, and two acoustic guitars open this song. • Electric guitar joins the song halfway into the verse. • Chorus: more beat please? Several guitars come together here. • No second verse to be heard. • Repeat chorus: sort-of-solo from a guitar and climax in the song. • Marching drums and piano close the song.
Attitude off the Stage • Plain-spoken and unafraid • Feuds with the Dixie Chix • Rolling Stones • Speaks openly about his relationship with his family • Ex-wives • Dating Daughters
Toby’s Helping Hand • Fame and fortune have not gone to Keith’s head. • Volunteer Efforts • Home in Oklahoma City for kids with cancer so they don’t have to travel so far for treatment. • Make a Wish Foundation • Yearly USO tours for the military • Concerts for tornado victims
Other Projects for Toby • Mr. Keith now runs his own record label, Show Dog Universal • He owns a restaurant, I Love this Bar and Grill. • Toby Keith’s Wild Shot Mezcal • Own’s 10% of Taylor Swift’s record label.
The Next Line of Keiths • Daughters is a college graduate and is breaking into country music industry • Son is an All American football player
Success • 16 original album • 5 Greatest Hits albums • Takes in up to $1million in concert revenue per city played • Forbe’sHighest Paid Country Singer
Bibliography • http://www.biography.com/people/toby-keith-16549809?page=1 • http://www.cmt.com/artists/toby-keith/biography/ • http://www.countryweekly.com/news/toby-keith-country-musics-500-million-man • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eD0tX0XD9E • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E-HzcmRYnA • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv_udzPBUYI