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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

49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards


Let’s get this party started!

  • Check out the sexy side of Kimberly Perry! The Band Perry is kicking off the ACM’s with a performance of Chainsaw.
  • You know it’s gonna be a great Awards show when Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton are hosting!
  • Florida Georgia Line a little slower than usual with Stay.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE how Blake Shelton continues to support his Voice contestants.  Love us some Gwen Sebastian performing “Come a Little Closer” with Blake.   Have I mentioned we love Blake Shelton?
  • Did you vote for Brett Eldredge for ACM New Artist of the Year??? WE DID!  He’s dancing to the “Beat of the Music” tonight!  He looks so excited to be performing tonight!
  • We are a half hour into the show and it’s been all about the performances.  Gotta say I am all about the music and less about the awards these days.  What about you?
  • A little sad to know the cowboy is riding away this year.  George Strait understands what true country music is all about.  The audience gives King George a standing ovation.
  • Lee Brice performing a stripped down acoustic version of “I Drive Your Truck.”
  • Eric Church is a force to be reckoned with in country music.  He sounds fantastic performing “Give Me Back My Hometown.”
  • Justin Moore is always a fan favorite.  His performance of “Lettin’ the Night Roll” sounds great!  Really wish they would let the new artists sing a full song.
  • Blake Shelton’s second performance of the night.  What do you think of Shakira’s new duet “Medicine” with Blake?  A lot of the Twitter feedback has been negative.
  • Taylor Swift gets to give out the first award of the evening.  Your ACM Duo of the Year is….. Florida Georgia Line.
  • A country music selfie with Blake, Luke…..  Who would you want to include in your country music selfie?
  • Stevie Nicks is at the ACM Awards!!!!   AHHHH!   Lady Antebellum and Stevie sound FANTASTIC!
  • No one, I mean NO ONE plays guitar like Keith Urban.  He is mesmerizing. Still not loving his new haircut but his performance of “Even the Stars Fall for You” is my favorite of the night so far.
  • Kip Moore has a good shot at the New Artist Award tonight.  Ladies love them some Kip.
  • Bluke Lyran… performing “Play it Again” and sporting David Nail’s haircut.
  • Your ACM Best New Artist is…… Justin Moore.   Personally, I don’t think Justin should have been included in this category since he is not really a new artist but hey…I don’t make the rules.
  • Not sure how Jason Aldean’s performance of “When She Says Baby” sounds live in Las Vegas but on TV is doesn’t sound very good.
  • Blake and Luke as Daft Punk is GREAT!
  • Single Record of the Year goes to….Miranda Lambert for Mama’s Broken Heart!
  • Miranda Lambert’s new “Automatic” single is FANTASTIC!  Can’t wait to hear the new album!  Miranda pulls off a white tank top flawlessly.
  • Song of the Year Award goes to the songwriter…..It’s always a personal favorite for me.    And the award goes to…. Lee Brice for I Drive Your Truck.    This was one of my favorite songs of 2013.
  • Tim McGraw’s performing “Meanwhile Back at Mamas” looking dapper in a tux and signature black cowboy hat and being joined by his wife Faith.  I don’t know if it’s the song or something else but they aren’t as exciting as they used to be performing together.
  • I bet Mandalay Bay is getting it’s roof blown off right now with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line performing “This is How We Roll”
  • Your ACM Male Vocalist of the Year is Jason Aldean.
  • Toby Keith sporting his red bandana for his ACM performance of “Shut Up and Hold On”
  • Your Vocal Group of the Year is….  THE BAND PERRY!
  • Hunter Hayes dares to be different with “Invisible”
  • Your ACM Female Vocalist of the Year is Miranda Lambert!
  • Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum performing the GRAMMY winning song “Wagon Wheel”  This is one of those songs you can’t help but sing along to.   Darius Rucker just pulled off a sing along at an awards show!
  • ACM Album of the Year goes to Kacey Musgraves for Same Trailer Different Park.  And apparently Eric Church really agrees with this decision based on his standing ovation.
  • Garth Brooks, George Strait and Miranda Lambert paying tribute to the legendary Merle Haggard.
  • Rascal Flatts performance of “Rewind” sounded great but it looked like they were lip syncing.  Anyone else notice that?
  • Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are rocking “Hold On”
  • Your 2014 ACM Entertainer of the Year is KING GEORGE STRAIT!!!!!!!

Well folks, that’s the show.  Now it’s your turn to sound off!  Tell us what you thought of the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards.  Best/Worst performances.  Did your favorite artists win or lose?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Taylor Swift, George Strait, David Nail and Carrie Underwood Added to the ACM Awards


The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that David Nail, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood have been added as presenters on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, TONIGHT at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

These artists join previously announced presenters including Thea Andrews, Garth Brooks, Guy Fieri, LL COOL J, Jewel, Olivia Munn, Nancy O’Dell, Chris O’Donnell, Darius Rucker, Clay Walker, Trisha Yearwood and Florida Georgia Line. Performers during the star studded event include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Shakira, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum with legendary musician Stevie Nicks and Rascal Flatts.

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