Toby Keith to play State Fair

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 10, 2014 

Toby Keith will ask his fans, "How Do You Like Me Now?" at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 20. The stop will be on his "Shut Up and Hold On" Tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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Having sold over 40 million albums worldwide, music superstar Toby Keith has established a stronghold in the country music industry. With more than 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, he is known for singles “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “Beer for My Horses,” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and “As Good as I Once Was.”

Toby Keith’s “Shut Up and Hold On” Tour is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2014 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets are $100, $80, and $40 with reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will start selling on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, or by phone 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and a $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Toby Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma in 1961. His grandmother owned Billie Garner’s Supper Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and those musicians were the inspiration for his interest in the music business. While working with friends as derrick hands in oil fields after high school graduation, they decided to form a band, Easy Money. When the oil industry dried up in 1982, he began playing defensive end with the semi-pro Oklahoma City Drillers, while continuing to play in the band. In the early 1990s he went to Nashville, promising himself he’d have a record deal by the time he was 30.

His debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” went to Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1993. As the decade came to a close, it was the most played country song of the 1990s, certified platinum.  Over the years he has worked with a range of record labels before founding Show Dog Nashville in 2005. His record label merged with Universal South to become Show Dog-Universal Music in December 2009.

This singer, songwriter and actor has produced 17 studio albums, two Christmas albums, and three compilation albums. His release in late 2012, Hope on the Rocks produced two singles, both Top 20 hits, “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” and “Hope on the Rocks.” In mid-2013 “Drinks After Work” became the first single from his 17th album of the same name. The second single is “Shut Up and Hold On.” For more information, visit

More acts will be announced in the coming months for the Washington State Fair’s 2014 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit for updates, or sign up at to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates.

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