Big City Rednecks Come Out for Big Dog Daddy

When I lived in NYC, I always loathed the fact that New York, despite being one of the greatest cities on earth, doesn't have a country radio station. Some might say that not having a country radio station is part of why NYC is so great, but I disagree. All preconceived notions and stereotypes aside, country artists have a knack for telling very real stories, capturing little Polaroids of life, that just about anyone can relate to. If you haven't given country a real shot, you owe it to yourself to take a second look.

Anyhow, this Valentine's Day Megan gave me an awesome gift, and one I never would've expected in NYC/NJ: tickets to see Toby Keith in concert at The Meadowlands. Needless to say, the show was unbelievable. Even if you don't like country, there's something about Toby Keith's uncompromising, unapologetic bad-ass attitude that just makes for some good entertainment. As an added bonus: despite the location, the stadium wasn't just packed with yuppy cowboy wannabe city slickers like me. No, no. Every self-proclaimed redneck in the tri-state area came out for the show that night. Pick-up trucks filled the parking lot. Bud Light flowed like milk and honey. And the people rejoiced.

So for any other country fans out there, thought I'd share a few snapshots taken from my phone at the concert...it was definitely a good time. If you have the opportunity to catch any remaining shows on The Big Dog Daddy Tour, I highly recommend you do!

Jack Ingram opened for Toby, playing Wherever You Are, Lips of an Angel and Measure of a Man, among others

Big Dog Daddy Keith himself, soon after taking stage

A shot during the uncompromisingly patriotic encore, including American Soldier and Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)

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