Country artist Toby Keith — he of the anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” frequent performer for the troops — is in Boston for the kickoff of his summer tour tomorrow night. As part of a show including Montgomery Gentry and Jo Dee Messina, he is expected to draw an audience of 40,000 to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
In connection with the show, today’s Boston Globe runs an interesting profile of Keith: “He’s not afraid to speak out for his country.” In the story Keith reveals he’s a Democrat:
“People don’t realize that I’m a registered Democrat,” he says. “They automatically assume that I’m a chest-banging, war-drum-pounding Republican with my military stance.”
Keith goes on to compare himself to Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut: “a conservative Democrat who is sometimes embarrassed for his party.”