Blake Shelton To Fill In For Toby Keith At Special Veteran’s Day Concert

Blake Shelton is stepping up to headline a special Veterans Day concert that was originally set to feature Toby Keith. …


Lauren Jo Black

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August 9, 2022

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Blake Shelton; Photo by Jason Kempin_Getty Images, Toby Keith; Photo by Rick Diamond_Getty Images

Blake Shelton is stepping up to headline a special Veterans Day concert that was originally set to feature Toby Keith. 

Shelton is filling in for his fellow Oklahoma native after Keith revealed his stomach cancer diagnosis over the summer.

Toby Keith; Photo via YouTube
Toby Keith; Photo via YouTube

 “I need time to breathe, recover and relax,” the “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” singer wrote on social media when he revealed his illness with fans.

It is unclear when Toby Keith will return to the road, however, he promised, “I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.” 

Blake Shelton Veteran's Day Concert
Blake Shelton Veteran’s Day Concert

Hosted by The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians the Veteran’s Day celebration will honor service men and women in support of local and national veteran organizations. Shelton will headline the event, which is set to take place at Coachella Crossroads, a multiplex event center adjacent to Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California, on November 11. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12, 2022, at 10AM PST on

The event marks Shelton’s first time performing at Coachella Crossroads. It also marks the second large-scale country show at Coachella Crossroads, following a Toby Keith concert in May 2021, the first major outdoor concert to take place in California during the pandemic.

Blake Shelton; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS
Blake Shelton; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

“We are very happy that Blake Shelton has agreed to headline A Salute to Our Heroes concert on Veterans Day. Blake’s longtime commitment to veterans is what made him an ideal choice to perform at this event honoring those who have served. The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians plans to make this an annual celebration held at Coachella Crossroads,” said Darrell Mike, Chairman of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

In celebration of Veterans Day, the event is a charity fundraiser that will provide much-needed funds to such organizations as USO, The American Legion, Independence Fund, Riverside and San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff Relief Funds, CHP 11-99 Foundation. 

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Both Blake Shelton and Toby Keith are longtime supporters of the U.S. Military. 

Blake Shelton’s late father, Richard Lee “Dick” Shelton, and his late brother, Richie, both served in the Army. Shelton has performed at a number of events supporting the military throughout his career and has been vocal about his support for veterans. 

He recently opened up about wishing he had more time with his father as he died before he could learn more about his time in the Army. 

“He was not one of those guys that talked about it that much, you know now that he’s gone, I just have a million questions that I would ask him about that now if I could go back in time ten years,” he confessed.

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Toby Keith has performed for over 250,000 troops since 2002, according to the USO. He has made appearances performing for service members in over 17 countries as well as several ships at sea.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.