With Toby Keith itching to get his Country Comes To Town tour back on the road, the singer-songwriter took to Twitter to share a memory of being on stage.
Keith borrowed the name of his recent release, ‘Old School’, when he posted a photo on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this month, Keith’s website dropped the news of his future Peso In My Pocket album, calling it his “all-new Show Dog Nashville album.” The Oct. 30 release will be his first in more than five years (2015’s 35 MPH Town).
“My whole musical career, I haven’t been off the road this long,” Toby Keith said, calling 2020 “a reset button I never would have hit.”
In a website tour release, the 59-year-old star talked about spending time in Mexico early during the pandemic and its influence on his new songs.
“It was like being on the moon,” Keith remembered. “A lot of my friends down there were afraid they wouldn’t be let back in the U.S., so they all went home. I wasn’t on the road, and nobody could go anywhere, so I thought, ‘You’ve written a long list of songs by yourself, dumbass. Get up and get busy!’ I went through the ideas I keep on my phone and thought, ‘S**t, I need to write these.'”
Toby Keith Old School Tour Starts Next Week
Toby Keith’s tour starts July 30 in Utica, N.Y., with two quick dates in the Empire State. Following New York, he takes off for stops in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.
This week, iHeartCountry Music Festival named him a headliner for the Oct. 30 event, along with Blake Shelton and Carly Pearce.
The 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee had many of his songs on the upcoming album and a few friends. Notably, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar and rock legend John Mellencamp lent a few pieces. Others include Michael Hosty, Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris, Brett Tyler, and the Warren Brothers.
Before Independence Day, he released one of his Peso In My Pocket songs for the “Happy Birthday America.”
“I live in the heartland, and it just feels like everybody you talk to has the same worries,” he told Foxnews.com. “It just feels like the politicians aren’t getting the job done on either side, and it just feels like the democracy is in danger.”
It’s been a busy year for the native Oklahoman.
In August, Keith will accept the Academy of Country Music’s Merle Haggard Spirit Award. He picked up the National Medal of Arts earlier this year, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct him this November.
And in June, he raised $1.4 million to help sick Oklahoma children and their families through his OK Kids Korral charity.