Country Icon Toby Keith Embracing Family And Hope This Holiday Season

Keith is counting his blessings and recognizes that family is more important than ever.


Lauren Jo Black

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December 22, 2023


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Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

Toby Keith is entering the holiday season with a profound sense of gratitude. The country superstar opened up about his renewed sense of optimism and shared an update on his health during a recent interview with Audacy’s Katie & Company.  

The Country Star Is Feeling “So Blessed”

Keith, 62, admitted that his stomach cancer diagnosis caused a major shift in his life and priorities, sharing, “When you get diagnosed [with cancer], you just freak. And here it is two years later… [family] things are more important than anything, and I’m so blessed.”

The Songwriters Hall Of Famer who remains married to his longtime love, Tricia Lucas, and is a father to three children, Shelley Covel Rowland, Krystal Keith, and Stelen Keith Covel, continues to count his blessings and shares a positive outlook on life.   

Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann
Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

“Turning A Corner” In His Cancer Battle

“I’m doing really good. It’s been a tough two years, but I think I’m turning a corner,” he stated. “I don’t know if you’re ever done with it [cancer], but I’m trying to be.”

In a separate interview on the sports podcast, Sellout Crowd, the Oklahoma native referred to his cancer battle as “a rollercoaster” and said that he is lucky to be able to seek out the “best treatments” available.  

“I have the resources financially and otherwise to get the best treatments I can get. They’re taking great care of me and I’m getting all the latest stuff you can get,” he said during the segment dubbed Conversations with Coach. “In fact, I’m going to Florida to see another guy down there that’s got some other kind of treatments and I’m trying ’em all I’m throwing the kitchen sink at it.”

Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann
Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

Triumphant Return To The Stage In Las Vegas

Toby Keith recently closed out a run of three sold-out shows in Las Vegas at Dolby Live at Park MGM. He performed for two hours each night and welcomed a few special guests to the show, including Trace Adkins and Sammy Hagar. Fans on social media reported that the vibe inside the theater was “electric” and praised the legendary entertainer for keeping the crowd on its feet throughout the night. 

For the set list, the People’s Choice Country Awards Country Icon recipient assembled his biggest hits, including “Beer For My Horses,” “How Do You Like Me Now,” “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This,” “Red Solo Cup,” and “Courtesy of the Red White And Blue.”    

At one point during each show, he surprised fans with a segment of songs that “should’ve been singles.” This proved to be fan-favorite moment. 

A Pandora Triple Billionaire

Backstage on Sunday (12/10), Keith received a pleasant surprise from Pandora in the form of a Triple Billionaire Plaque, recognizing his music’s outstanding performance on the platform. He later shared a photo of the moment on social media to commemorate the occasion. 

After taking a two-year break to focus on his health, Toby Keith is heading into 2024 with plans to return to the road. While an official tour has yet to be announced, the superstar’s team has referred to his recent Las Vegas stint as a “prelude to his 2024 return to touring.”

Fans can stay tuned to his official website for updates regarding his highly anticipated 2024 tour.  

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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.