Toby Keith was hard at work on his latest album, Drinks After Work, when his home state of Oklahoma was devastated by tornadoes in May. His hometown of Moore, Oklahoma suffered mass damage as Toby watched from the studio, concerned about his family and friends. Suddenly, the record wasn’t important.
“I’ll always remember this album as the one I didn’t finish on normal time because of the tornadoes,” he said. “I was in Nashville the day the tornado hit. We were at Ocean Way Studios, and my assistant pulled an iPad up. It had a local weather app rolling a live stream. It was crossing I-35, and was headed about a mile and a half from my sisters house, going right down her road.”
Toby didn’t stick around Music City, anxious to check on his family and do what he could to help victims in Oklahoma. He needed a single, though.
“I said I had to cut and leave,” he said. “I left the next morning, and I didn’t have the album done. I didn’t get it done until later, but we needed a single. So, that’s how ‘Drinks After Work’ became the first single. We hadn’t picked a single, but we only had two things done. So, the album was put together in pieces.”
Toby hosted the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert in July and raised approximately $2 million thanks in part to an all-star lineup that included Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Funds went directly to tornado relief through the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. He also finished his Drinks After Work album, which officially hit stores October 29.
Great American Country and our good friends at Show Dog – Universal Music are celebrating the release of Toby’s Drinks After Work by giving you the chance to win a trip to Australia to see Toby in concert through our Toby Keith Drinks Down Under Sweepstakes! One grand prize winner and a guest will fly away to Sydney, Australia for Toby Keith’s Hammer Down Under Tour. The rip includes airfare, hotel, concert tickets and a meet-and-greet with Toby himself.
You can enter once per day from October 29 – November 26, 2013. You must be 21 years or older to enter this sweepstakes.