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Toby Keith couldn't play Shelton's storm fundraiser because he had 'stuff to deal with'

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Jul 05, 2013 | 2:04pm EDT

Toby Keith turned down the chance to play a home state benefit gig to aid Oklahoma storm relief organisations a week after tornadoes ripped through suburbs of Oklahoma City - because he needed more time to reflect on the damage. Fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton reached out to Keith and invited him to headline May's (13) Healing in the Heartland concert, which raised over $6 million (£3.9 million) for local charities, but the Beer For My Horses singer wasn't ready to perform alongside stars like Usher, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert. And, as he prepares for Saturday's (06Jul13) benefit gig which he has organised, Keith tells Country Weekly, "The first concert they did, that Blake and those guys did, was wonderful because it was a TV show and it pumped a lot of money in quick and fast. "I just couldn't do it five or six days after (the storms) because it was just too soon for me to be downtown playing music. I had, you know, stuff to deal with here." Keith's mega fundraiser in Norman, Oklahoma will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Dunn, Trisha Yearwood and rocker Sammy Hagar, while another state native, Carrie Underwood, will appear via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, Tennessee.

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