Beer-swilling American country music superstar Toby Keith, called the genre’s “big bad showdog” by Forbes, has been announced as the headliner for country music festivalCMCRockstheHunterin March.

It will be the cowboy-hatted, pick-up truck-loving Keith’s first visit to Australia. He leads a lineup that also includes former American Idolstar Kellie Pickler and several other American acts, the so-called king of contemporary Australian country, Lee Kernaghan and last year’s X-Factorrunner-up Jason Owen.

As Good As I Once Was(2005) andBeer For My Horses (2002), a duet with Willie Nelson which spawned a 2008 movie of the same name. He became a mainstream star in the US after the song

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American), inspired by the the September 11, 2011 attacks on New York and also by the death of his father in a traffic accident.

Rob Potts, CEO of co-promoter Entertainment Edge said “Toby Keith has been in our sights for years and we’re thrilled to finally bring him down under. We can’t wait to see him blow the punters away…” Chugg entertainment CHK is also co-promoting.

Although Keith’s career has been going more than 20 years, he remains extremely successful. Forbes杭州夜生活m estimated he has made US$270m from tours and albums in the last five years.

This week he placed 14th on Forbes’ list of the highest-earning celebrities in the world for 2012-13 with earnings of US$65 million. He is well known in the US for his love (and commercial deals) for Ford pick-up trucks, which he has even taken on stage with him at gigs.

It’s safe to assume the Dixie Chicks won’t playCMCRockstheHunter.

The brash and patriotic Keith famously had a feud with Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines over their differing political views. Maines shocked many by wearing a t-shirt with the letters FUTK on it in 2003 at a country music awards event, which she later acknowledged was a shot at Keith.

CMCRockstheHunteris from March 14 to 16 at Hope Estate in theHunterValley. Adult tickets prices range from $159 for one day to $259 for a three day pass. Tickets go on sale on September 9, viacmcrocks杭州夜生活m.

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HEADLINER: Toby Keith will be the star attraction at CMC Rocks the Hunter at Hope Estate Pokolbin in Feburary 2014.


Toby Keith

Eli Young Band (US)

Kellie Pickler (US)

Lee Kernaghan

Craig Campbell (US)

Love And Theft (US)

Paul Thorn (US)

Plus The Greencards (US)

Morgan Evans

The Flood

Luke O’Shea

Adam Eckersley Band

Jody Direen (NZ)

Peter McWhirter

Kaylens Rain

Jason Owen

The Viper Creek Band.