Music & American Society- Internet
April 18, 2010
Toby Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, the son of Carolyn Joan (born Ross) and Hubert K. Covel Jr. He has a sister, Tonni, and a brother, Tracy. His family moved to Moore, Oklahoma (a suburb of Oklahoma City) when Keith was young. Before the family moved to Moore, Oklahoma, Toby visited his grandmother in Fort Smith, Arkansas, during the summers. In fact, his family lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for a few years when Toby was in grade school. Toby started playing football on Fort Smith Boys Club teams. His grandmother owned Billie Garner's Supper Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where Keith became interested in the musicians who came there to play. Toby did odd jobs around the supper club and started getting up on the bandstand to play a little with the band. He got his first guitar at the age of eight. After the family moved to Moore, Oklahoma, Keith attended Highland West Junior High and Moore High School where he played Defensive End on the football team. Keith graduated from Moore High School and, in 1979, went to work as a derrick hand in the booming oil fields of Oklahoma. He worked his way up to become an operation manager. At the age of 20, he formed the Easy Money band where he and his friends Scott Webb and Danny Smith and few other members played at local bars as he continued to work in the oil industry. At times, he would have to leave in the middle of a concert if he was paged to work in the oil field. In 1982, the oil industry in Oklahoma began a rapid decline and Keith soon found himself unemployed. He fell back on his football training and played defensive end with the semi-pro Oklahoma City Drillers while continuing to perform with his band. (The Drillers were an unofficial farm club of the United States Football League's Oklahoma Outlaws; Keith tried out for the Outlaws but did not make the team.) He then returned to focus once again on music. His family and...
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