Rock/Pop

Toby Keith

When: Thu., July 30, 7:30 p.m. 2009

For mainstream-country-music haters, Toby Keith may always be dismissed as Mr. Boot In Your Ass, the soundtrack provider for the aggressively militaristic Bush years. More comfortable as craftsman than provocateur, Keith has tried to shake the role, and the years since his Q rating peaked with “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” and “Beer For My Horses” have been filled with memorable, non-political hit singles: The tough, alt-country-worthy rocker “Whiskey Girl,” the big-tent sing-along “I Love This Bar,” the irresistible past-my-prime admission “As Good As I Once Was,” the string-laden kissoff “A Little Too Late,” and, most recently, the anthemic “God Love Her,” which simply plows over its cornier moments. Keith will be joined at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater by Trace Adkins, another macho type who has overcome an even more albatross-like signature hit in “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” with better stuff like the 2008 megahit “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Keith and Adkins’ “America’s Toughest Tour” lands at Snowden Grove Thursday, July 30th. Tickets are $61.75 (reserved) and $26.50 (lawn). Doors open at 6 p.m. — Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington

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