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Toby Keith Gets Inducted into Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

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From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his latest single “35 mph Town,” Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. 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 85 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide.

Last week he was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame at their 46th Annual Induction And Awards in New York City. Of the highly coveted achievement, Keith has said, “This is my favorite accomplishment. Songwriting is what I started out doing before I ever even went to Nashville. I just happened to trick ’em into thinking I was an artist, too. I’ve got a warehouse full of awards and plaques, but this one’s the king daddy.”

He has also been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, National Music Publishers Association with its Songwriter Icon award, and is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. 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, including 2014’s Shut Up And Hold On Tour, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. This year’s Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series continues this weekend with shows in Detroit, Cadott, WI and into Canada.

Toby Keith Speaks About SC Church Shooting

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Toby Keith has something to say about the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night. The country star says he isn’t sure how to prevent such tragedies. Toby notes:

“it if can happen in church, it can happen anywhere.” Keith also says doesn’t approve of stricter gun laws. He says there are many other countries that have strict gun laws — and there are still shootings there.

Fourteen hours after the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in which the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the church pastor and a prominent state senator, was among the dead, the police in Shelby, N.C., acting on a tip from a motorist, on Thursday arrested Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year man.

Another Toby Keith Bar And Grill Bites the Dust

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One of the Wharf’s most popular businesses in Orange Beach, AL is no longer open and could be in serious legal and financial trouble.

The front doors to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill are padlocked.

A temporary restraining order posted on the front doors states the restaurant’s parent companies owe the Wharf more than $200,000 in unpaid rent and other charges.

Neither the Wharf nor the restaurant’s parent companies would talk to News 5 about the closing.

The Orange Beach location isn’t the only Toby Keith Bar and Grill to close. Locations in Texas, California and Virginia closed earlier this year. Published reports state the company owed unpaid rent in those locations.

Toby Keith Sets Fundraising Record With Golf Classic

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Toby Keith is used to putting big numbers on the board – he’s been doing it as one of music’s top performers and earners for years. Some numbers mean a little more, though, like the $1.2 million generated for The Toby Keith Foundation at the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic over the weekend.

Held May 15-16, 2015 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, this year’s classic topped 2013’s record of $1,037,000 and was fueled by a live auction that brought in more than $575,000 dollars. The top drawing item was a week’s stay at Toby Keith’s house in Cabo, Mexico. The winning bid was $70,000. Twice.

Other live auction items included an outing with pro golfer Anthony Kim ($24,500), a Highwaymen signed guitar ($24,000), a John Deere Gator ($22,000), custom Toby Keith guitar ($20,000), and CMT Music Awards and British Open packages, each going for $20,000.

Silent auction items drawing high bids included Miranda Lambert tickets, a George Strait autographed hat and a series of three guitar paintings signed by Keith. On the golf course, the Built Ford Tough Shootout winner, Frank Starr, donated his new Ford truck back to The Toby Keith Foundation.

All proceeds benefit the foundation’s efforts to build and support OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Opened a year ago, the facility has already helped thousands of family members as it reduces the physical, emotional and financial cost of traveling for treatments. For information visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org.

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