Toby Keith uses Brass Balls to expand his empire

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This year's $500 million man may just become next year's $600 or $700 million man after his newest acquisition. 

Earlier this week during the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, it was announced that Toby Keith, who was in town to perform, has become the proud co-owner of Oklahoma-based custom/production bike builder Brass Balls Cycles

Dars Holdsworth, a Desert Storm veteran who founded Brass Balls Cycles, says of his new partnership with Toby, "This partnership will help Brass Balls Cycles increase its U.S. market presence, as well as expand the brand internationally. We will be revealing new and revised models in the near future and, as always, proudly power our bikes with American made S&S V-Twin motors.”


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Toby Keith would rather have skipped that Forbes cover

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Remember not too long ago when Forbes put Toby Keith on the cover of their Celebrity 100 issue and declared him country's $500 million dollar man?

Yeah, he really didn't want to do that cover. 

Toby recently spoke with NewsOK and told them that he was basically forced into it by his publicist. 

“My publicist, this is one of the things she demanded. She was like, ‘They want to put you on the cover of Forbes. They’re requiring a photo shoot and interviews and follow you around for a couple of days out on the road.’ And I was like ‘Man …’"

“First of all, it’s like pulling teeth to get me to do photo shoots. And I don’t mind doing interviews if they’re by phone, but I hate to go sit down and have to meet somebody somewhere, you know what I mean. I’m getting lazy is what’s happening. No, there’s just so many people that want 20 or 30 minutes of your time that if I’m on the road like I am today, I ain’t got nothing to do but lay around on the bus all day and wait on the show. But if I’m at home, I’m running around and I’ve got stuff to do … so I try to cut back on stuff. And she was like, ‘You have to do the Forbes deal.’”

So Toby did it. How they got him to smile on the cover remains a mystery though.


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Did Blake Shelton skip Toby Keith’s fundraiser because Toby skipped his?


So has anyone else wondered exactly why Blake Shelton and Toby Keith didn't perform at each other's tornado relief concerts?

Blake performed his Healing In The Heartland benefit back on May 29 and Toby Keith had his Oklahoma Twister Relief show on July 6. I never got the feeling that they were dueling benefits between two Oklahoma boys or anything like that, but you do kind of have to wonder why two proud Oklahoma natives didn't join forces to help the other raise money for the state they love.

Toby was actually asked why he didn't perform for Blake's show recently and his answer was understandable. 

“The first concert they did, that Blake and those guys did, was wonderful because it was a TV show and it pumped a lot of money in quick and fast,” Toby told reporters. “I just couldn’t do it five or six days after because it was just too soon for me to be downtown playing music. I had, you know, stuff to deal with here,” he added.


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Tim McGraw postpones concert to make way for Toby Keith

Despite fans' understandable disappointment, Tim McGraw and the Kansas Star Arena decided to postpone Tim's concert there Sunday, July 7th, so that it wouldn't conflict with Toby Keith's tornado relief fundraiser concert that's taking place the day before. 

"While we were looking forward to hosting Tim McGraw this weekend, helping our neighbors in their time of need must take precedence," said Scott Cooper, General Manager of the Kansas Star Casino.

"We encourage everyone to support the artists donating their time and talents at this Saturday's concert in Oklahoma, and we look forward to hosting Tim at the Kansas Star Arena in October."


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Toby Keith’s Twister benefit may be sold as a DVD


Tickets for Toby Keith's July 6th Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert went on sale Friday and promptly sold out. It only took a little over an hour for the tickets to be scooped up. The good news is that once things have settled and production is finalized, event organizers may have additional tickets that could be released for purchase. 

If you're not able to make it to the show for other reasons besides it being sold out, you may just be in luck. While the show isn't scheduled to be televised like Blake Shelton's benefit concert was, Toby's benefit show may get sold as a DVD to help raise extra money. 


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Chart Roundup – Week of June 29th, 2013

I can predict that Florida Georgia Line are on the cusp of breaking many more records than they already have, with their reign on the Billboard country charts refusing to…

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