Country favorite returns to Calaveras

Toby Keith

Summer is just over three months away, and the acts slated to appear at the Summer Concert Series at the Ironstone Amphitheatre outside Murphys are starting to be announced. Toby Keith returns to the county for a show on June 16.

“After last year’s amazing sold-out show, we just had to have him back!” says a release from the Richter Entertainment Group, which books the shows at the amphitheater.

Keith is one of country music’s biggest stars. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he has created some of country music’s greatest songs and biggest hits. He has played all over the world to packed houses and thrilled millions of fans.

It has been 25 years since “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Keith’s debut single, burst onto the charts in February 1993. He has since sold more than 40 million albums, performing music that he writes, arranges and produces himself, and releases on his own record label, Show Dog Nashville.

At the core of his popularity is his songwriting, as recognized by Keith’s 2015 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. The Nashville Songwriters Association International named him Songwriter/Artist of the Decade and he is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year.

“Toby Keith is not only a superstar, but one fine human being,” the release said. “He is very active in helping people through his Toby Keith Foundation, raising millions of dollars to help sick children and their families at OK Kids Korral in his home state of Oklahoma. He was there for his own hometown when it was devastated by a tornado in 2013. Toby was the face of the community and helped shoulder the burden of the cleanup with the 2013 OK Twister Relief Concert.”

In 2017, he wrote, produced and released, “Wacky Tobaccy.” The music video features Willie Nelson and quickly became a surprise viral hit. The song is on Keith’s latest album, “The Bus Songs,” a collection of re-recorded favorites and a few humorous new tunes Keith and company play on the tour bus while on the road.

The “Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV” arrives in Calaveras on June 16 with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. An as yet unnamed special guest opens the show.

Ticket prices range from $55 to $400 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at ironstoneamphitheatre.net or call 800-745-3000.

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