Toby Keith reveals plans for return visit to Mansfield

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Toby Keith has released dates for a summer tour in support of his latest album Clancy’s Tavern. The country star will return to Massachusetts for a concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Saturday, September 22. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $29 to $81.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation. Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett will open the show.

Clancy’s Tavern, Keith’s sixteenth studio effort and follow-up to 2010’s Bullets in the Gun, debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 after its release last October. It has been powered by hit singles “Made in America” and “Red Solo Cup”.

The new album draws its name from the title track, which Keith wrote about his grandmother’s bar in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His grandmother also inspired his 2005 hit “Honkytonk U”

“It’s the same grandmother,” Keith said in a press release. “‘Honkeytonk U’ talked about my mother putting me in a Greyhound and sending me to live with my grandmother for the summer, and how things took off from there. This one is more about the bar and what I saw there. The actual name of the place was Billy Garner’s Supper Club, but her husband teased her and nicknamed her Clancy because she ran a tavern. Every line in the song is true. This isn’t fiction.”

Clancy’s Tavern continues Keith’s prolific run of new releases in the past decade as the latest album marks his seventh album in the past seven years. The album features a few songs that were originally meant for Bullets in the Gun, while some songs Keith wrote for Clancy’s Tavern will likely be released on his next album.

“For the last decade, we’ve put out a single from the new album when we go on tour in the summer,” he said. “The album comes out in October, you get a couple more singles and we start over.”

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