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Toby Keith launching his "Hammer Down Tour" in June

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 4, 2013

One of the top touring draws of his era, Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith is preparing to put the hammer down on a new tour called, appropriately, the “Hammer Down Tour.” Presented by longtime partner Ford F-Series, the run begins on June 8 in Ozark, Ark., according to a news release

High-profile stops include Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Prior to the start of the tour, Keith will headline the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, a night at the four-day festival Country Thunder in Florence, Ariz., and a night at the blockbuster Stagecoach festival in Indio, Calif. Forbes’ 2012 top-earning country artist thanks in no small part to his standing-room-only tours, the Norman takes to the road again with dates set through September. Joining him on this party will be special guest Kip Moore.

Touring in support of his current album “Hope On The Rocks,” Keith will bring his acclaimed live show and its breakneck set list of hits, not the least of which is the album’s title track single, “Hope On The Rocks.” Like most of his crowded stable of smashes, the song was written by the man himself.

Keith remains the primary creative force behind a remarkable career that, in 2012, reached new milestones: His “Red Solo Cup” was certified as the biggest viral event in country music history. His 10th annual United Service Organization tour again took him to international hotspots to boost the morale of America’s fighting men and women.

And his “Live In Overdrive Tour” played a succession of packed houses, as its successor will, as well.

Confirmed dates – subject to change – are posted after the break, with more to be added soon. (Although Keith doesn’t typically bring his tour to his home state, in the past couple of years, he has played a few Oklahoma casino shows.)

In just seven months, Kip Moore scored two consecutive No. 1 singles from his debut album, “Up All Night,” which was the best selling debut album from any country artist released in 2012. His first career No. 1 single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” held the top spot on both charts for two weeks, making him the first solo artist in four years to have a debut album’s first single go No. 1 for multiple weeks. His current single, “Hey Pretty Girl,” was just released to radio and shows a softer side to Moore than his previous singles have explored.

Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour Presented by Ford F-Series starts here:

June 8 Ozark AR Thunder On The Mountain *

Jun 14 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center

Jun 15 Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion

Jun 22 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Center

Jun 28 Oshkosh, WI Country USA *

Jun 29 Cadott, WI Country Fest *

Jun 30 Chicago First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

Jul 19 Cleveland Blossom Music Center

Jul 20 St. Clairsville, OH Jamboree In The Hills

Jul 21 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Jul 27 Cheyenne Frontier Days *

Jul 30 Davenport, IA Mississippi Valley Fair *

Aug 02 Sweet Home, OR Oregon Jamboree

Aug 06 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip *

Aug 14 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fair

Aug 24 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live

Aug 25 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre

Aug 31 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair

Sep 01 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Fair

Sep 07 Indianapolis Klipsch Music Center

Dates with * = Kip Moore does not appear.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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