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Toby Keith Accepts the Spirit of the USO Honor

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Toby Keith accepted the Spirit of the USO honor during Monday’s ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops (4/7). Keith was surprised with the award following his performance and in recognition of his many USO tours.

Looking on are (l-r) hosts Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh and the USO’s Brig. General (retired) John Pray.

Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith and More Join Operation Teddy Bear

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Operation Teddy Bear, which started in 2012 as an initiative of Harris Jewelry, continues in support of our military, both at home and abroad through the sale of uniformed teddy bears.  Teddy Bears representing all branches of the military can be purchased for $15.00 at or  To date, Operation Teddy Bear has raised over $100,000 to help Operation Troop Aid, a 501(c)3 organization, send care packages to deployed personnel and sponsor events for military families and communities.

“As our men and women in uniform are deployed all over the world, let us not forget our freedom, for it is because of them, past, present, and future that we can live free,” says Operation Troop Aid executive director Mark Woods.  “What better way to express our FREEDOM than to reach out to the ones that provide it. Please help us as we let them know they are NOT FORGOTTEN.”

Woods, who was often a coordinator of onboard entertainment, was deployed during the horrific attacks of 9/11 and watched with his shipmates as the second plane hit the World Trade Center.  Following the attack, Woods was assigned and worked as the assistant coordinator to the Garth Brooks onboard concert, which became a national television special.  The experience was extremely enlightening and inspired Woods to begin Operation Troop Aid, which utilizes music and entertainment to raise funds for charitable military support.

Since its inception, Operation Troop Aid has garnered the support of music celebrities across multiple genres, from KISS to Toby Keith and Cheap Trick to Charlie Daniels.  Operation Troop Aid’s mission is to make a positive difference and inspire deployed U.S. service members by letting them know America stands with them.  Operation Troop Aid provides care packages and bill assistance with revenue generated through professional concert promotions, entertainment initiatives and public financial generosity.

Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic Announced!

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Toby Keith has been hosting the annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic for more than a decade. This year’s event is set for May 16-17, 2014 and will feature a live auction, nearly 100 silent auction items, fabulous food, great entertainment, and a celebrity filled round of golf. For the opening festivities, Toby acts as auctioneer and his friends help supply the fun all night long.

The Friday night invitation only event is packed with 750 guests who will bid on auction items including an African safari, a stay at The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming, a guitar signed by the Oklahoma Tornado Relief artists, a bull elk hunt, and autographed items from Colin Kaepernick, Kurt Warner, Derek Jeter, Dan Marino, Nolan Ryan, Ken Stabler, Phil Mickelson, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean, George Straight and many more. The ladies can also bid on a bohemian black and white crystal chandelier, custom jewelry from SL Designs, a basket of Ree Drummond’s (The Pioneer Lady) favorite things, a trip to Lake Tahoe and a fur coat.

The next morning, 200 golfers will have a great time with the celebrities who attend the event.

Some of the celebrities include Dermontti Dawson, Tony Casillas, Roy Williams, Sam Bowie, Nancy Lieberman and Red Steagall, The golf event has grown to include two shotgun starts and ends with the Built Ford Tough Shootout where someone will win a new Ford Truck.

The 11th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic benefits OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients, and is the largest event The Toby Keith Foundation hosts. “We work on this event for months and months because we know it helps keep all the great things at the OK Kids Korral up and running,” said Toby Keith.

Since officially opening on January 7, 2014 the Korral has had more than 75 family visits with stays ranging from one day to eight weeks. Also, more than 20 volunteer groups have come in to cook for the families and help clean and organize. “Our families inspire us every day. The work that goes into the Golf Classic is well worth the reward of staying open for the families who need us,” said Juliet Nees-Bright, executive director of The Toby Keith Foundation.

For information about the golf tournament or other ways to help support OK Kids Korral, visit

Additional Performers Announced for ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops

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The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have announced LL COOL J and Chris O’Donnell, stars of the hit CBS drama series “NCIS:  Los Angeles,” will co-host ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces. Additionally, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, and Keith Urban have been added to the star-studded lineup of artists scheduled to perform. The special will be taped Monday, April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

These artists join previously announced performers Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry.  The concert will honor the country’s remarkable servicemen and women and include special moments and stories of incredible bravery and integrity.  Proceeds from ticket sales for ACM PRESENTS:  AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.

Tickets for ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster, priced at $105, $155 and $205. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.  For more information, please log onto or or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

The Doobie Brothers Are Going Country

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Sony Music Nashville announced this month that they will release an album teaming artists like Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Zac Brown and Blake Shelton with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new album covering the Grammy winning band’s classic hits.

The project was the brainchild of producer David Lyndon Huff, who is a decades long fan of the Doobie Brothers music. He is eager to introduce the band to a new generation of fans, excite the throngs of loyal followers as well as ignite the electric country fan base with all the superstars they love.

“The Doobie Brothers are such an important band in the history of music. The hits transcend time, so with this new collection we are just adding modern production and collaborations with the country stars.”

In addition to the Doobie’s founding members, Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, who continue to front the band, the album will feature John McFee, whose history with the Doobies dates back to 1978, and legendary singer Michael McDonald, who exited in 1982 but is returning for this project.

“It is so exciting to have Michael on this project,” Huff said. “He heard what we were doing and immediately wanted to be a part.”

David brought his brother Dann in to co-produce four songs on this record with him.

“My brother is incredible as most of the country world knows,” David Huff said of his brother who is the mega producer behind many Nashville artists. “We have been making music together almost our whole lives. I could not be more thrilled to bring him on to the Doobies with me.”

“I think it will be the first time that Nashville will hear how very talented he is,” said Dann of his younger brother, David, who splits his time between Nashville and LA doing productions for both country and pop artists. “This really was his baby and I see it as David’s entry into the country market. I am just honored that I got to witness him work on a few songs. It’s gonna be a great record!”



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