Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts come calling

Friday, March 7, 2003

Toby Keith ...

Born: July 8, 1961, Moore, Okla.

Married: Lives with wife, Tricia, and daughters, Shelley and Krystal, and son, Stelen, outside Norman, Okla.

Current CD: "Unleashed"

Current single: "Rock You Baby"

Other hits: "How Do You Like Me Now?," "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," "Country Comes to Town," "Should've Been a Cowboy," "Dream Walkin'," "We Were in Love," "I'm So Happy That I Can't Stop Crying" (duet with Sting)," "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," "I Wanna Talk About Me," "My List," "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," "Who's Your Daddy?"

Hot, hot, hot: Keith has been selling out concerts all over the country in 2003. His concert sold more than 15,000 tickets in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first country music sellout there since Garth Brooks did it in 1998.

Hosting: CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards with Pamela Anderson April 7. "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) has been nominated for three, "Who's Your Daddy" for two.

No. 1: Pollstar Magazine, which tracks ticket sales for the music industry, ranked Toby Keith No. 1 among country acts in 2002. He ranked seventh overall behind the Dave Matthews Band, Cher, Neil Diamond, Creed, Paul McCartney and Aerosmith.

Awards: ACM Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, 2001.

Rascal Flatts ...

Got started: At the Fiddle and Steel club on Nashville's Printer's Alley.

Relations: Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus, who are second cousins, were both born in Columbus, Ohio. Third member Joe Don Rooney was born in Baxter Springs, Kan., and grew up in Picher, Okla. DeMarcus and Rooney met playing in Chely Wright's band.

Critics: They attacked Rascal Flatts in the beginning as the country version of a "boy band." One critic called them "suburban cowboys."

Current single: "Love You Out Loud"

Hot, hot, hot: "Prayin' for Daylight," "I'm Movin' On," "These Days."

Awards: CMA Horizon Award, 2002, and nominated for three CMT Flameworthy 2003 Music Video Awards.

Want to go?

Who: Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Show Me Center

Admission: $44.75

Information: 651-5000

-- From staff reports

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