Country music star Toby Keith is returning to the California Mid-State Fair this summer.
Keith, who performed at the Paso Robles fair in 2005 and 2008, will appear alongside special guest Trace Adkins, fair organizers announced Tuesday.
Considered one of the most popular country acts of all time, Keith achieved fame in 1993 with his debut single, “I Shoulda Been A Cowboy.” A string of successful albums followed, including “Boomtown,” “Blue Moon,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “Pull My Chain.”
In 2002, Keith rose to new commercial heights with “Unleashed,” featuring the hit singles “Who’s Your Daddy,” “Beer for My Horses” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” At the same time, he launched a public feud with The Dixie Chicks over their criticism of then-President George W. Bush.
Keith is now touring in support of his 13th studio album, “American Ride,” featuring the song “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song).”
Keith has also branched into acting. He and stand-up comedian Rodney Carrington wrote and starred in the 2008 comedy “Beer for My Horses.”
Trace Adkins made his major label debut in 1996 with the album “Dreamin’ Out Loud.” His hits include “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.”
In addition to appearances on “Hollywood Squares” and “King of the Hill,” Adkins was a finalist on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” He also appeared in the 2008 film “An American Carol.”
Toby Keith and Trace Adkins perform July 27 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. Tickets, which cost $50 to $100, go on sale April 23.
For more information, call 238-3565 or visit www.midstatefair.com.