Apr 14, 2013 1:58 AM by Rebecca Taylor
TUCSON - One of the biggest names in county music made a stop in Tucson.
Toby Keith performed at his name-sake restaurant chain TK's I Love This Bar and Grill.
In a one-on-one interview he talked music, food and family with News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor.
"Without further ado, how about we pick a few songs," Toby said to the large crowd.
Fans were treated to acoustic songs, cocktails and southern-style comfort food.
"Fried bologna sandwiches has been the one that freaks everybody out, where can you just go sit down and order one of those?" said Toby.
Restaurant patron Lisa Hernandez says, "I love the food, it's pretty good, and I love to dance and drink."
‘Red Solo Cup' is one of a handful of popular tunes Toby performed, that has become an infectious party anthem. Some fans brought the 16 ounce plastic along.
"I like it, it's time to party," jokes Hernandez holding up a red solo cup.
"One of your songs 'God Love Her' mentions Tucson. Do you have any ties to Arizona?" asks Taylor.
"You know I don't, but in the song when we were writing it, it was like. It was obviously somebody in the South, a young couple running off [to California]. And Tucson made the most sense, I knew I had to get a long way from Dixie," Toby responds jokingly.
Toby then sang it a cappella for Taylor, "kissed her Momma goodbye, said I'll be sure to phone ya, called from a truck-stop in Tucson, Arizona."
Taylor then asks Toby, "tell us a little bit more about what you do with the military. Because I know you have something special for them when they come to one of your restaurants?"
Toby answers, "they show their military ID and get burger and beers on us."
Toby's prepping for his 11th USO Tour entertaining our troops.
"We'll be over there 11 days, and we should surpass our 200 shows in the last 11 years," he said.
To close the showcase event, Toby sang 'I Love This Bar'.
KIIM 99.5 helped organize the grand opening.
Toby spent Saturday night entertaining thousands at Country Thunder in Florence.