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In concert: Toby Keith and Trace Adkins at Jiffy Lube Live

ralph stanleyIt was as patriotic as one would expect when Toby Keith visited Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Scott Galupo

The pairing of country hitmakers Toby Keith and Trace Adkins at Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday night turned out to be an auspicious double portion for the patriotically inclined.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Keith has made honoring bravery and service a seamless part of his work as an entertainer, logging countless visits to Afghanistan and Iraq to play for the troops.

Overt politics and preachment were eschewed -- mostly. Adkins concluded his special-guest slot with "Welcome to Hell," a 9/11 revenge tale told from the devil's point of view. Adkins's parting words: "Don't you ever doubt it: Those [S.O.B.s] are in hell."

ralph stanleyTrace Adkins concluded his set with "Welcome to Hell." (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Keith himself was rarely so blunt; his default demeanor is to score laughs rather than set blood boiling. He emerged from a supine position in the bed of a Ford pickup, boots dangling over the tailgate, to introduce a mid-tempo track, "Bullets in the Gun," from an album due out next month.

For the next 90 minutes the always-droll Keith crooned -- in a good-enough voice that probably hasn't made George Jones envious -- of booze ("Get Drunk and Be Somebody," "I Love This Bar," "Beer for My Horses") and girls ("God Love Her") and the mixture thereof ("Whiskey Girl").

There was also an encounter with Willie Nelson's unusually potent herb: "I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again."

Keith and Adkins combined efforts for a show-closing "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)" and exited the stage to let a group of combat veterans, many of them disabled, soak in some appreciation.

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By Click Track  |  September 13, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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