Toby Keith’s new studio album, American Ride, hit stores this week, with the title track/lead single planted firmly at the top of MusicRow’s Country Breakout chart for two weeks in a row. He kicks off his prime time appearances on The Jay Leno Show (10/14), where he will be racing an electric car in the program’s Green Car Challenge.
“American Ride” is Keith’s 16th No. 1 single this decade, and 27th overall since he made his chart debut in 1993. The new single’s speedy rise up the charts forced Keith’s label, Show Dog Nashville, to bump up the release date for his new album by a week.
Keith will be promoting his new album with a whirlwind slate of A-list television performances and media interviews in the coming weeks. His TV schedule includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show (airing Oct. 9), Jimmy Kimmel Live (Oct. 14), Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (Oct. 15), and The Bonnie Hunt Show (airing Oct. 15), and more. He played The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien on Wednesday (Oct. 7).
On Oct. 18 The Nashville Songwriters Assn. International will honor him with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade Award at an event in Nashville. Among the smash hits Keith is being recognized for are “As Good As I Once Was,” “God Love Her,” “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”
Keith is set to launch his first European tour in November.