I was lucky enough to be one of the attendants at Thursday night’s Toby Keith concert at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville. He has not been to Nashville to perform in thirteen years so it was a huge deal for his Nashville fans to get the chance to see him in their hometown. Although I am not from Nashville, I was equally thrilled to go see the man sing the songs I’ve been jamming to since I was a little kid.
When you’ve been a fan of someone for a period of time you always develop an idea of what their concert would be like. For Toby Keith I expected nothing short of American flags, red solo cups, and whiskey everywhere. While his decor lacked (should take some lessons from Jake Owen), his performance was everything. I was in the lawn seats (where the party is at), but I was still able to see him up on stage. He is a true performer; he took the time to thank our military multiple times, he told stories, he laughed, he got the crowd doing karaoke…. he killed it. The guy even did a tribute to Merle Haggard y’all. Like right when I thought this concert wasn’t going to get any better, it did. He sang Mama Tried almost as good as Merle did. He was clearly up on stage to have a good time with his fans. He sang his own songs how I would sing them at karaoke night (but obviously better); he yelled the lyrics at precisely the right times when he knew the fans would go crazy. He was phenomenal. If you have a chance to go see him at his future shows (listed here), I highly recommend it.
His encore y’all. He saved the songs that we all know him by for last and boy, was it worth the wait. Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue and American Soldier were sang by every last person at that concert~ even my friends who don’t listen to country music. It was unbelievable, emotional, and glorious all at the same time.
So, if you ever get the chance to see him play, GO.