Toby Keith

Birth Name: 
Toby Keith Covel
Music Category: 
Best Known For: 

"Beer for My Horses"
"As Good as I Once Was"

Short bio: 

Toby Keith (born July 8, 1961) is a country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream Walkin', plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998. These albums all earned gold or higher certification, and produced several chart singles, including his debut "Should've Been a Cowboy", which topped the country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

Signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville in 1998, Keith released his breakthrough single "How Do You Like Me Now?!" that year. This song, the title track to his 1999 album of the same name, was the number one country song of 2000, and one of several chart-toppers during his tenure on DreamWorks Nashville. His next three albums, Pull My Chain, Unleashed, and Shock'n Y'all, produced three more number ones each, and all of the albums were certified multi-platinum. A second Greatest Hits package followed in 2004, and after that, he released Honkytonk University.

When DreamWorks closed in 2005, Keith founded the label Show Dog Nashville, which merged with Universal South Records to become Show Dog-Universal Music in December 2009. He has released nine studio albums through Show Dog/Show Dog-Universal: 2006's White Trash with Money, 2007's Big Dog Daddy, 2008's That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, 2009's American Ride, 2010's Bullets in the Gun, 2011's Clancy's Tavern, 2012's Hope on the Rocks, and 2013's Drinks After Work, 2015's 35 MPH Town, as well as the compilation 35 Biggest Hits in 2008. Keith also made his acting debut in 2006, starring in the film Broken Bridges, and co-starred with comedian Rodney Carrington in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses, inspired by his song of the same name.

Overall, Keith has released seventeen studio albums, two Christmas albums, and four compilation albums. He has also charted sixty-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including twenty number one hits and twenty-one additional top 10 hits. His longest-lasting number one hits are "Beer for My Horses" (a 2003 duet with Willie Nelson) and "As Good as I Once Was" (2005), at six weeks each. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.


Toby Keith
The Toby Keith International Fan Club
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Submitted by David MCCown (not verified) on

Dear Mr. Keith , I'm a soldier stationed in Afghanistan a long ways from home in Southwest virginia. I know you probably get thousands of email and text, but just In case you get mine I want you to know that your music has given me inspiration when times were tuff, and hope when things were ruff like the light at the end of the tunnel it always lifted me up. I have fought what it would be like to sit at a bar and drink a cold beer and have a good steak and shoot the shit with ya would be like. I'm just a old country boy who's always worked hard for the little bit I have. 23 years as a cop and came in the military at the age of 34. 13 years later I'm still kicking up sand and taking care of business. I've got a son and a daughter and a wife that loves me, I love horse and old cars and weekends off. Being deployed I'm never off the public would never understand what we do or why we do what we do they probably don't care for the most part, but they enjoy the freedoms from the blood of my brothers and sisters. They don't even think of the sacrifices of all the soldiers of past and present till things hit close to home. Like the towers that fell or the night club shot to hell in Florida . They want to take our guns and say guns kill ! All I see is ratical exstreamist ( Islamic Muslims ) doing the damage! American need weapons to defend themselves ! Hope you feel this way too! Sorry that's a soft spot for me. Well if you ever get a chance and want to have a cold one or ten and hang out and eat a steak look me up! It want cost ya nothin but your time! Would love to show you my old 67 Camaro I've been working on for the past 7 years. Well it's almost 1 am here I'm gonna crash got about 3 months left in this rat hole and it's back to the U.S. Thank goodness! Take care and give me a shout! Hooha! And one more thing thanks for all the great songs!

Submitted by Bill Walls (not verified) on

I'm a Cali boy reading your message. We are about the same age..I might have you by a couple years. I want to personally thank you for your service and all you do for us back home. If you and your boys need a care package..let me know and it's on the way. Stay safe and keep tilting that red solo cup every chance you get. All my best and all my prayers.
Cali Bill

Submitted by Tracy Lee (not verified) on

Served 20 years Navy. Family of Army. Please sing more "Boot in their ass" songs. I realize it was personal, but "The American Soldier" was just as beautifully well song. Thank you for supporting us as you have.
Tracy Lee
U. S. Navy, MS1 Retired (MFA)

Submitted by David Ollerton (not verified) on

Dear Mr. Keith, I am writing to you on behalf of my wife who is probably your biggest fan. She is currently in the hospital in the ICU fighting for her life, she has had one hell of a summer. Everytime that you have come to Ft. Sill for a show, she has been there, even when it rained so bad we were standing up to our knees in mud and water. She has every album that you have put out and listens to them all the time, we go to Bricktown and eat in your restaurant on a regular basis and she always hopes you are there so she can catch a glimpse of you. You and your music are an inspiration to her..I just wanted you to know that. Thank you.

Submitted by RJB (not verified) on

I am a loyal fan of yours, and I ask that you please reconsider performing at Trump's Inauguration. I believe you are a proud American with a good head on his shoulders, who appreciates his loyal fans. Please do not let us down by performing at Trump's Inauguration. Thank you for all you do.


Submitted by Christopher (not verified) on

Toby I'm just a normal everyday guy,and in 97or 98 I took a trip a vacation to Nashville. Well my family and I went to the Wildhorse Saloon. I was standing at the bar with a beer watching my 5 or 6 year old son dance with a couple of very attractive women and reply turning on the charm. You popped up next to me and asked is that your boy. I said yea my ex says he is just like me and I see what she means about him loving to charm women. You chuckled and we had a nice conversation about music. I told you I wasn't a very big country fan but more metal or hard rock. You told me country is changing though and lots of folks were changing the base and it was expanding. I asked so do you work in the industry. You answered well I just signed a record deal so I said good for you. You then bought me a beer and you struck up a question or 2 for my son. Since at the time I wasn't a big country fan I watched and waited and did finally get to tell my family there he is the guy who bought me a beer at the Wildhorse. My dad by then became a fan of yours. I'm sure you don't remember it was long ago and my son is now grown and about the age I was when I met you. Gee time fly's. I just simply wanted to say you have done a great job of your career and Ill never forget drinking a couple of beers with you and the genuine conversation we had. I enjoyed the company and thanks for the beer.

Submitted by Mary Denise Owens (not verified) on

About 2 years ago I wasin A coma when I was in the coma I had a vision first of my mom who had past 8 years ago. She told me in my vision to talk to this man sitting at her table. I asked who this was she said don't worry about it just go. When I looked at him he was pure white light. I told him I e looked like Toby Keith he said no I am Jesus and her to tell you you will be alright I got this! So next day after 2 weeks of coma I woke up!

Submitted by TLC (not verified) on

I have enjoyed listening to you song "Don't Let the Old Man In" over and over again. I am not quite as old as Clint Eastwood, but your song is very poignant. Thank you for writing and singing such a beautiful and meaningful song. Continue to keep it true country music.

Submitted by Mike Koonce (not verified) on

I think the best concert of Toby's I ever saw was when it was just Trace Adkins and Toby Keith, no additional opener. This is only one out of four concerts of his I have been to over the years.

Will Trace and Toby ever do another Concert tour together?? They were absolutely great together. Toby coming out to sing with Trace on couple of songs and then bringing Trace back out on his towards the end.

The special presentation they did between sets for the military and veterans was even better.

Toby's song "American Soldier" means so much to me (even though I was a sailor).
I remember working "straight through the holidays and sometimes all night long" while serving onboard the USS Enterprise and other tours during my nearly eight years of service.

The video showing the soldiers boarding the plane whiles families held on eo the fences reminded me of "sight of standing on the ship watching my my wife and two daughters (at the time) on the pier as we pulled out for overseas cruise."

I know Toby has always supported our troops through word and deed and selfishly giving for USO tours.

But to see him and Trace together again here in St. Louis doing what they always do for troops and veterans would be one of the biggest highlights of my life.

Proud loving "How DO You Like Me Now" t-shirt wearing fan,


Submitted by Chad Bowles (not verified) on

Dear sir,
I shook your hand at FOB Tillman several years back. I thanked you for coming to play for us. You thanked me for what we were doing which meant the world to me. I also spent time on the High Island 8, the same jack up rig you worked on. Afghanistan veterans feel anger, hate, sadness and many more emotions that I'm not sure many can understand given the recent events over there. I have always held on to your music because I felt you had a better understanding than most of what we went through. We need a new song for us sir. That may be a tall order but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask. Thank you again for all the support you have shown us in uniform throughout my career. God Bless you and God Bless America.
SGT Chad Bowles U.S. Army

Submitted by Janet Epps (not verified) on

Toby you have a special God given gifts. You love people, want to help where you can PLUS I could listen to you singing all day! I truly pray you will beat this cancer and back to entertaining everyone. I pray for your family during this time as well. For some reason I just can’t picture you sick😘. Better soon with God’s blessings and healing

Submitted by Val Wolfe (not verified) on

I would just like to say, 1st, there was Willie, and 2nd, there is Toby Keith. Please keep bringing us great songs about our beautiful country. Toby Keith is the new Willie of country music. Praying for good health for him. Sure would love it if Toby, himself, got this message. Love you dude, and I am an old lady of 72!!

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