Toby Keith Reveals Most Important Thing a Songwriter Can Do
Toby Keith is known for sold-out shows and hit songs, but a lot of people may not know he’s also the writer of those hits. He recently sat down with Songwriter Universe to talk about his own writing and the most important thing a songwriter can do. “It’s the one thing I do a little bit of every day,” he said. “I just happened to become an artist, but I was a songwriter first and foremost.”
Growing up, Toby’s sixth grade teacher bragged about his creative writing but his mother expected him to work in the oil fields of Oklahoma. When he was in middle school, he spent a summer with his grandmother. She owned a bar, which Toby paid tribute to by titling his 2011 album, Clancy’s Tavern, and Toby was introduced to music there.
“I never pursued music until after I got a guitar, went to my grandma’s bar, and watched the band play,” he said. “That blessing that God gave me reared its head, and here we are today.”
Dierks Bentley Does a Little Singing in the Rain
Dierks Bentley leaves it all on the stage night after night for sold out crowds across the country. Not one to disappoint his fans, he wasn’t going to let a little rain stop him from performing for the crowd gathered at a recent show in Jefferson, Wisconsin.
Check out this incredible footage of Dierks and his band performing “Home” in what can only be called an epic downpour!
“Crazy night here in Wisconsin. Played in the rain til the gear stopped working. Many little (wet) white tanks and t’s!” Dierks tweeted after the show. He then re-tweeted several mentions from fans, relaying how great the concert was, despite leaving soaking wet.
Gloriana’s Tom Gossin Plans for October 2013 Wedding
Now that Gloriana‘s sophomore album, ‘A Thousand Miles Left Behind,’ is complete (due to hitting stores on July 31), lead vocalist Tom Gossin can put all of his focus into his upcoming nuptials with his fiancee, Jamie Moffett.
The couple got engaged back in March, when Gossin surprised his girlfriend of 10 years by popping the question on their anniversary. Moffett of course said yes to her musical man when he pulled out a gorgeous ring, which he had custom-made at Giador in Nashville.
“They specialize in antique jewelry,” Gossin tells Taste of Country of the jewelry shop he chose for his blushing bride-to-be’s rock. “It’s 1920s European cut diamond set in platinum.”