OFFSTAGE: Toby Keith Says Moore, Okla., Is the "Reason I Never Moved to Nashville"

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OFFSTAGE: Toby Keith Says Moore, Okla., Is the "Reason I Never Moved to Nashville"

Published on May 22, 2013 by CMT News

Toby Keith
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

As devastating as the tragic tornado in Oklahoma was, Moore is still home to Toby
Keith
. “It’s the reason I never moved to Nashville. It’s home. I tried to live other places and always just came back
here,” Keith told NBC News anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday
(May 21)
. “I’m very proud to have my name on that water tower.” He also pointed out some of the highlights of the town
– like the grocery store on the corner where he got his baseball cards and the bike run down Fourth Street — as he explained
why Moore was so special and so resilient. “You see people pitching in and helping the second that it hit,” he said of the
tornado. “My son-in-law went right in, turned his truck over getting in there, gets electrocuted climbing in the school, the
EMT guys pull him out of there and tend to him, and then he goes right back in and helps with search and rescue. Everybody’s
like that.”

Keith also talked
with CNN’s Anderson Cooper
and said that the Plaza Towers Elementary School did everything they could to protect the students.
“Everyone here [in Nashville] was going, ‘How do you live there? How did they leave those kids in school?’ It’s coming right
at us, and you can’t call the parents and say, ‘Come get them now,’” he said. “Oklahoma’s just so resilient, they did they
best they could.”

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