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Toby Gets the Banditos Back Together

Toby and his cover band help Nashville musician.

Toby Keith with Grant Family; Savannah, Kevin, Jan and Olivia Grant
photo by Randi Radcliff

Toby Keith got the band back together, his Incognito Bandito cover band, that is, for a benefit concert in Nashville, Tuesday night (June 19), at Nashville club 3rd & Lindsley. Toby and the Bandito band, which consists of some of Nashville's ace session musicians, headlined the "Night for Jan Grantt" concert to help the wife of Incognito Bandito bass player Kevin "Swine" Grantt. Jan, Kevin's wife, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her treatment requires a large medical expense and she does not have health insurance. Toby told that when he heard about the benefit, he made arrangements to be in Nashville.

"I have known Kevin a long time, longer than I've known many people around town," Toby pointed out. "I told them that I've got to be down here [Nashville] to do some vocals for a record, and I said that I would time it to be here on the 19th for the show."

Toby conceived the idea for the cover band a few years ago. "I was talking with some of the musicians and I asked them, 'Do you ever get to go out and just have fun and go play cover tunes?' They said that they would love to do that sometimes." Toby came up with the name and the band has played occasional gigs since. "We play the songs we like," Toby says. Noting the packed house at 3rd & Lindsley, an obviously pleased Toby added, "It's a great turnout."

Also on the bill were Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Ashton Shepherd, Trent Willmon, Darryl Worley and other performers. They came for similar reasons, to show support for Kevin and to help raise funds for him and his wife. "I wanted to be here," Josh Turner told "He has played on most of my records." Josh Thompson noted that Kevin had played bass on some of his early demos as well as his records after he landed his record deal. "I have really gotten to know him and respect him," Josh said. "I hate to hear what he's going through, so anything I can do to help, I'm glad to do it. I hope they raise a ton of money."

During the evening, Josh Turner performed his hit "Your Man," while Craig reprised one of his early hits, "Almost Home," along with his recent single "This Ole Boy." Ashton Shepherd rocked on her single "Look It Up" and Josh Thompson performed "Comin' Around" and "Way out Here." Toby and the Banditos did soulful covers of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers, Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" and others.

Funds for Jan Grantt were raised through the admission price as well as an auction. Among the items up for bid were an autographed copy of George Strait's multidisc album Strait out of the Box, the handwritten lyrics to Josh Thompson's "Beer on the Table" and an autographed copy of Lee Ann Womack's Greatest Hits CD. Toby also announced that he would match whatever amount was raised during the evening.


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