Toby Keith hops on the bro-country train for HEB Center concert
Would you consider Toby Keith to be bro-country? He apparently says yes, given that his current roadshow is called the "That's Country Bro! Tour." It's set to pull into Cedar Park for a show at the HEB Center on Sept. 6, the venue announced Monday.
Tickets, $69.50-$149.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19 via the venue's website. The concert is also a celebration of the suburban Austin venue's 10th anniversary. Waterloo Revival, the duo of Austin natives Cody Cooper and George Birge now based in Nashville, will open the show.
Keith, 58, hasn't released a new album since 2015's "35 MPH Town." But he did recently issue a new song, "That's Country Bro," from which this tour gets its name. Despite the song's title, it's largely a roll-call of old-school country acts, from Jimmie Rodgers and Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. "You oughtta know a little bit of something about the roots," Keith sings, though the song's style and production is far more modern than the classic music of the legends he cites.
Hailing from Oklahoma, Keith has a checkered history with Austin music luminaries. One of his biggest hits was the 2003 single "Beer for My Horses," a duet with Willie Nelson. That same year, Keith and Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines publicly feuded over their opposing views about the Iraq War.
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