LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 11, 2016) – Superstar Toby Keith kicks off his “Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series” at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on May 21 as NRA Presents: Toby Keith with special guest Chris Janson. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster www.nra.org/TOBYKEITH.
The concert adds to an exciting weekend in Louisville, as the Saturday night show is one of the marquee events of the 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. This year’s event, which is expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees, is set at the Kentucky Exposition Center’s 500,000 square feet facility and will feature the latest products in firearms, accessories, apparel; speeches by national leaders; and a variety of family friendly events all across the city.
Toby Keith’s tours have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. His fame is bolstered by patriotic songs like “American Soldier,” “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” “Beer for My Horses,” and others. So there’s no act more befitting NRA’s epic night of live music on Saturday, May 21 – a day better known as Armed Forces Day. Joining him is special guest, Chris Janson, an electrifying stage performer, prolific songwriter and rising country music star. He racked up one of 2015’s biggest hits with the #1 platinum selling “Buy Me A Boat., which was recently awarded Country Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. For more information and updates, visit: www.nraam.org.
About Toby Keith
From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his new album 35 mph Town, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. From one of his previous collections, Clancy’s Tavern, the lead single, “Made In America,” topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen. The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts. The first single from 35 mph Town, “Drunk Americans,” debuted at No. 1 Most Added on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts; while the current single, “Beautiful Stranger,” has already gained critical acclaim.
At the core of Toby’s unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs to the tune of more than 87 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. In June 2015, Toby was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City, and he has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and was named the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Decade. His albums have sold more than 40 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard’s Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith is also Billboard’s No. 1 Country Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. This year’s Interstates & Tailgates Tour presented by Ford F-Series kicks off in May with dates scheduled throughout North America. But Toby’s most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it’s helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation and their cost-free home, OK Kids Korral, or supporting US Troops including 11 USO Tours throughout the world, Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life.
About Chris Janson
Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville singer/songwriter Chris Janson burst on to the scene last year with his breakthrough #1 Platinum single “Buy Me A Boat” which went on to be the 7th bestselling country song of the year. His current single, “Holdin’ Her” is impacting radio now. Janson’s “overnight success” was built on ten years of honing his songwriting craft and relentlessly perfecting his live shows on the road. His dream to play the Grand Ole Opry has now resulted in more than 130 appearances. Closing out 2015 with a bang, Janson landed on multiple year-end lists, including Billboard’s Top New Country Artist list (#2). His breakout smash “Buy Me a Boat” was named one of the Best Songs of 2015 by the New York Times and is the #7 Best-Selling Country Song of the Year (SoundScan). Janson’s album (Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville) made Rolling Stone Country’s Best list. Adding to the industry recognition, he was chosen as a 2016 Next Big Thing by MusicRow, received standing ovations for his electric performance at the prestigious New Faces concert during Country Radio Seminar, received three ACM Award nominations (New Male Artist of the Year & Single of the Year) and won Country Song of the Year (“Buy Me a Boat”) at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Janson recently appeared on CONAN where he performed “Buy Me a Boat” and wrapped his winter run on the road with Blake Shelton as part of his 2016 Tour presented by Gildan, which played to sold out crowds around the country, including a two-night stand in Nashville.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.