03/31/2011

TOBY KEITH IS LOCKED & LOADED FOR 2011 TOUR ACM Entertainer of The Year Nominee Takes Aim Again

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) The 2010 American Ride Tour ranked as one of Pollstar's top outings of the year, bringing more than a million fans to venues across the continent to see Toby Keith. The Oklahoma-based singer, songwriter and just-announced 2011 ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee has been drawing those kinds of crowds for a decade now, and with Toby Keith’s Locked & Loaded Tour Presented by Ford F-Series, he'll do it again.

Keith's place as one of music's marquee entertainers is reflected in the eight nominations and two wins he's received in the ACM's most prestigious category since the turn of the millenium – 2000, 2001, 2002 (won), 2003 (won), 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011. Keith was also up for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at this month's Grammys for "Cryin' For Me," his tribute to the late Wayman Tisdale. And on this latest outing, his long association with presenting sponsor Ford F-Series continues. Toby Keith’s Locked & Loaded Tour Presented by Ford F-Series begins June 30th in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Capitol Nashville recording artist Eric Church is the special guest.

More than 30 dates are already confirmed with a total of 44 US cities being scheduled, including stops in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and West Palm Beach. In addition, 12 cities in Europe will be added to the itinerary, marking Ketih's first return to the area to perform since his 2009 sold out World's Toughest Tour. Once again the Hellraiser Super Saver ticket will be offered to ensure that there is a great seat for every budget.

Toby, band and crew are preparing their critically acclaimed show that will feature nearly 1000 square feet of video screens, a giant "T" shaped ramp which will house the "Club T" party pit, an extravagant pyrotechnic display, and spiced with fresh sounds from Keith's current album Bullets In The Gun. The latest single from the album, “Somewhere Else,” is Keith’s favorite track on the album and impacting at radio now. The tour's June start means his legion of loyal fans will have fully savored the March 15 release of 10, a compilation of his biggest music video hits on DVD. And though a formal announcement has yet to be made, Keith's annual Spring USO Tour will also likely make an appearance on his 2011 itinerary.

On Jan. 29, he returned to the Grand Ole Opry stage eight years after his first and only performance there. Most recently, his songs have surpassed 70 million airplay spins according to his performing rights organization BMI. For a songwriter/artist, there may be no greater marker of success. And Toby has often said that the accumulated airplay of hits he's written for himself is the most significant measurable achievement of his career.

In fact, few self-contained artists in the history of the recording industry can boast as consistent and long-tenured a run on the charts as Toby Keith. Bullets In The Gun debuted at No. 1 all-genre upon its October 2010 launch, rolling Keith into his 18th-straight year with a chart-topping album and/or single.

Capitol Nashville's Eric Church was just named ACM’s Top New Solo Vocalist and is nominated for Top New Artist. He has produced hits including "Smoke A Little Smoke," "Hell On The Heart" and "Love Your Love The Most," from his critically acclaimed sophomore album Carolina. Described by Rolling Stone as possessing "old-school songwriting craftsmanship," Church wrote or co-wrote every song. He recently graced the cover of Billboard and had his songwriting featured in People Country. Church is known for rowdy, energy-packed performances the Washington Post called "one of the most spirited live shows in country music."

Toby Keith’s Locked & Loaded Tour Presented by Ford F-Series confirmed dates:

6/30/11 Mt. Pleasant, MI

7/1/11 Milwaukee, WI

7/2/11 Dauphin, MB

7/15/11 Cleveland, OH

7/16/11 St. Clairsville, OH

7/22/11 Raleigh, NC

7/23/11 Virginia Beach, VA

7/30/11 Cheyenne, WY

7/31/11 Camrose, AB *

8/4/11 Sacramento, CA

8/5/11 Mountain View, CA

8/9/11 Sturgis, SD *

8/12/11 San Diego, CA

8/13/11 Irvine, CA

8/19/11 Portland, CA

8/20/11 Seattle, WA

8/31/11 St. Paul, MN

9/2/11 Holmdel, NJ

9/3/11 Pittsburgh, PA

9/4/11 Buffalo, NY

9/9/11 Philadelphia, PA

9/10/11 Washington, DC

9/14/11 York, PA

9/15/11 Scranton, PA

9/16/11 Hartford, CT

9/17/11 Boston, MA

9/23/11 St. Louis, MO

9/24/11 Chicago, IL

9/29/11 Cincinnati, OH

9/30/11 Detroit, MI

10/1/11 Indianapolis, IN

10/7/11 Charlotte, NC

10/8/11 Atlanta, GA

10/9/11 Mobile, AL

10/14/11 Tampa, FL

10/15/11 West Palm Beach, FL

 * = Eric Church not performing.

Dates are subject to change.