Toby Keith Covel, 8 July 1961, Elk Town, Clinton, Oklahoma, USA. This highly popular honky-tonk country artist grew up on an Oklahoma farm listening to his fathers favourite, Bob Wills, and finding his own hero in Merle Haggard. He tested broncs and bulls for a rodeo during his summers in high school. Oil was found in Elk Town and Keith worked as a roughneck and then an operational manager. This experience inspired Boomtown (the title track of his second album), of which he says, The wells ran dry. The rich people got rich by saving their money. The fools who spent it were broke. Keith formed the Easy Money Band, originally playing Alabama hits but then widening the repertoire as they accumulated new and better equipment. Keith, who during this period also played semi-pro American football, recorded for independent labels before being signed to PolyGram Records by Harold Shedd, who produced his 1993 debut, Toby Keith. It included a...
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