“A true country inspiration to us”: Country singer-songwriter Toby Keith dies aged 62

Toby Keith
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American country singer-songwriter, Toby Keith has died aged 62. A statement posted on his social media accounts said he “passed peacefully” surrounded by his family, having been diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2021.

He leaves a legacy of 19 studio albums behind, from which came 20 chart-topping singles and four number-one albums.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.