From the time he burst onto the country-music scene with his 1993 self-titled debut, Toby Keith has been a consistent hit-maker. A hardworking road warrior known for electrifying concerts, Keith is just as famous for his fightin’-words lyrics. Because of the strong patriotic streak in many of his songs — like “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” which kicked up a lotta dust after 9-11 — many folks think Keith is a staunch right-wing Republican. He’s actually a registered Democrat who’s recently threatened to go independent. Keith’s newest batch of songs skewers unchecked illegal immigration as well as talent-free, image-driven singers. Plus, there’s a mournful tribute to his friend, late jazz bassist (and NBA star) Wayman Tisdale. The winning combination of strong material and energetic live performances has made the rabble-rouser one of contemporary country’s most enduring and brightest lights. Keith plays Blossom Music Center, with Trace Adkins and James Otto opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23-$318. —Tierney Smith
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