It’s not uncommon for an up-and-coming musician to get their big break opening up for a larger act on a national tour, and such was the case for then-rising star Blake Shelton, who was invited to open for the late Toby Keith back in the early 2000s when his career was just taking off. According to the Shefani Archive, Shelton’s first show with the “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer was at the Ford Centennial Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan, in June 2003.
The summer show would be the first of many Shelton performed with Keith, touring across the United States with him from 2003 to 2004. Shelton later told 92.5 XTU that he was playing to 15 to 20,000 people every night and while everyone in the room loved Keith, far fewer knew who Shelton was. The country star credits this slot as one of the biggest turning points in his career. And luckily, he and Keith managed to find some time to play while working.
“We had stupid fun on the Toby tour,” Shelton told the Philadelphia radio station. “There’s no limit when you’re on a tour like that. Nobody ever said no to anything which was new to me. We both had our own basketball teams and played basketball close to every day of the tour.”
Post source: The List