Toby Keith Joins LOCASH For Surprise Performance In Orlando

“Toby Keith is in the house tonight!”

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Lauren Jo Black

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July 19, 2023

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LOCASH with Toby Keith; Photo by Mitch Petrie

Toby Keith recently made a surprise appearance at Tin Roof Orlando alongside country music duo LOCASH. 

The country icon took to the stage alongside LOCASH’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust to perform Chuck Berry’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll hit, “Johnny B. Goode,” among others. LOCASH’s concert served as the Outdoor Sportsman Group and Outdoor America VIP party as part of the ICAST 2023 fishing trade show.

LOCASH with Toby Keith; Photo by Brian Pollock
LOCASH with Toby Keith; Photo by Brian Pollock

The duo shared several clips of the memorable moment on social media. In the videos, Keith can be seen energetically making his way around the stage while belting out the lyrics to the classic song. 

At one point, the Oklahoma native can be heard shouting, “Toby Keith is in the house tonight.”

According to Game & Fish Mag, Toby Keith also delivered an impromptu performance of “Should Have Been a Cowboy” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” alongside LOCASH.

On his way to Tin Roof Orlando, Toby Keith took part in an impromptu karaoke session in the backseat of an Uber. 

The country superstar effortlessly belted the lyrics to several of his own songs as his daughter and other cohorts laughed as the driver of the Uber was completely unaware of Toby’s superstar status and didn’t recognize him at all. 

He performed “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and “Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue (Angry American)” with a karaoke microphone in the back of the Uber.

Keith was in Orlando, Florida for the ICAST 2023 fishing trade show. His appearance comes after his acquisition of Luck E Strike, a bait and tackle brand endorsed by Houston and operated by sporting goods industry vets Jeff Williams (General Manager) and Todd Hempen (Operations Manager). Luck E Strike is best known for their tackle kits, handcrafted crank baits and its Redman Spinner Bait. The latter of which was designed by Houston, who successfully used the bait for several decades and eventually led to his two 1st place finishes at the Bassmaster Classic. 

“I love ICAST,” he told Game & Fish Mag. “I got more accomplished in three days here than I did in the last two months. It was unbelievable and my connection with the military was a big involvement here, that I forgot about. I wasn’t expecting it, but all of the military guys that attended ICAST, they showed up and said, ‘We’re going to fish Luck E Strike and I was like, ‘Well, there you go.’”

Since Keith acquired Luck E Strike, the country star implemented a new company slogan, “An American Original Since 1970.”

During his time in the Sunshine State, Toby Keith also celebrated his 62nd birthday. He rang in the occasion with National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Famer, Jimmy Houston. 

The pair enjoyed a meal together at Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant in Orlando, Florida and capped off the low-key celebration with a custom watermelon raspberry cake. The “Red Solo Cup” singer posed in front of the cake, which was adorned with the words “You’re one in a melon” in a photo shared to Houston’s official social media accounts.  

The country hitmaker singer recently performed his first full concert amid his battle with stomach cancer. Keith surprised fans with not just one, but two, surprise, pop-up performances in his home state of Oklahoma earlier this month.

The shows, which took place at his Hollywood Corners venue in Norman, Oklahoma, featured Keith performing alongside a full band and reportedly ran over two hours.

These two shows mark Keith’s first official headlining performances since being forced to cancel all of his tour dates in June of 2022 due to his stomach cancer diagnosis.

Toby Keith; Photo Courtesy Suzanne Cordeiro
Toby Keith; Photo Courtesy Suzanne Cordeiro

In a recent interview with The Oklahoman while backstage at the Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic pre-tournament gala on June 2 at the Riverwind Casino, Keith revealed that he is on the mend and is eager to get back on stage.

“I feel better; I’ve got more wind. And I’m thinking about bringing the band in and setting up, playing two or three days somewhere just to see if I can get through two hours,” Keith continued, “And if I do, (I’ll) be out on the road this fall. All I got to do is see if I can get through two or three nights of work and get a little break in this chemo, and we’ll go back to work. I’m ready.”

Toby Keith first revealed his cancer diagnosis with fans in early June of 2022.

Toby Keith, Pete Penner; Photo Provided Shock Ink_The Toby Keith Foundation
Toby Keith, Pete Penner; Photo Provided Shock Ink_The Toby Keith Foundation

While chatting with the outlet, the “Oklahoma Breakdown” singer also shared an update on his health, revealing that he is on the mend. 

“I’m feeling pretty good. … I’m about another eight weeks from my last scan. So, I expect next time I look for that tumor to be even less — and I’ve only got one that’s shown up,” Keith explained. “Basically, everything is in a real positive trend. You never know with cancer, so you have to prepare.”

Despite feeling better, Keith is still battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. However, his tumor has shrunk by a third and his blood tests continue to improve with each new test.

The Oklahoma-based media outlet also reported that he is also undergoing “immunotherapy and working with a nutritionist.”

Toby Keith; Photo Courtesy Suzanne Cordeiro
Toby Keith; Photo Courtesy Suzanne Cordeiro

“They put oxygen in your blood. They give you high doses of vitamin C and good vitamins and nutrient bag you up to where you feel better. And you can start trying to heal your body,” Toby Keith, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on July 8, added.

“Now, they’re trying to fight where the cancer backs up and says, ‘Oh, you’re fighting that tumor? We’re gonna remorph and turn into this kind of cancer.’ … So, while they (the cancer cells) are in the bullpen regrouping, we’re trying to kill ’em with something different,” he continued.

While his touring plans still remain unknown, Toby Keith has made several surprise appearances at different establishments such as Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Eskimo Joe’s Sports Bar, The Noun Hotel, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and more.

Additionally, Toby Keith is filled with optimism as he looks forward to hitting the road again this fall, although there have been no official announcements made yet.

Stay updated by visiting his official website for the latest news and updates.

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Lauren Jo Black

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.