Country Stampede headliner Toby Keith has plenty of concertgoers anticipating his Saturday performance, citing his humility and affection for the military as reasons for their interest.
“He is so grounded,” said Dorothy Shauckakosee, a longtime Stampede attendee. “He is your home-grown boy. He’s not like some of these stars where it’s all about him. He relates to the people.”
“He is very patriotic,” said Tim Scott, who is in the U.S. Army National Guard. “I really appreciate what he does for the military.”
Keith last performed at Country Stampede in 2002, the first concert after 9/11. The performer also has two hits with military roots: “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” and “American Soldier.”
Another of Keith’s hits, “Red Solo Cup,” has plenty of fans, but there are a few opponents. The song is a party song in which Keith sings about the title item, the common container of alcoholic beverages for college kids.
The lyrics include: “Red solo cup, I fill you up/Let’s have a party, let’s have a party/I love you red solo cup, I lift you up/Proceed to party, proceed to party”
“It’s a fun song that we can all relate to,” said Scott, who is a fan.
Hutchinson resident Brad Atha, who had not heard of the song until Sunday, also took to it. “It’s just stuck in my head,” Atha said.
But Darcy Unrau, who is in his sixth year attending Stampede, said he is not looking forward to hearing the song that has more than 16 million views on Youtube. “Not a fan,” Unrau said.
Instead, he is looking forward to watching Luke Bryan, Thursday’s headliner, and Brantley Gilbert, who precedes Keith on Saturday.
Atha is looking forward to watching John Michael Montgomery and Travis Tritt. Tritt is a Friday feature while Montgomery performs Sunday evening
During the 1980s when Atha first got in to country music, Tritt and Montgomery ruled country radio’s airwaves.
“I have never ever seen Travis or John Michael,” said Atha.
Watching them is a dream come for Atha who has waited nearly two decades to see them.
“T-R-O-U-B-L-E” and “It’s a Great Day to be Alive”, both by Tritt, are the songs that Atha is looking forward to hearing the most.
“They’re both just feel good songs and really catchy,” he said.