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bandit lites BRings the lights to toby keith's that's country bro! tour

September 11, 2019 | Category: Print

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is out on the road for the Toby Keith That's Country Bro! Tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The 2015 Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee’s tour precedes the launch of his newest album, Toby Keith Greatest Hits, The Show Dog Years, out October 25 that features such hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “God Love Her” as well as new songs “Don’t Let the Old Man In” and “That’s Country Bro.”

As Keith brings his greatest hits to Americans across the country, venues vary from festivals, fairs, casinos to arenas and amphitheaters, requiring the lighting system to be both adaptable but striking to match the level of energy that Keith’s shows are famous for.

To meet those expectations, lighting designer Eddie Connell employs a resourceful system comprised of carts outfitted with nearly every type of light, providing the consistent looks for the show no matter the location. The custom carts built by Gallagher Staging crank up to 11 feet, giving dynamic looks that both compliment and contrast with the video content.

Bandit Lites provides Elation Paladin IP65, Chauvet Rogue R1 FX-B, Claypaky Sharpys, Robe BMFL, Robe Robin 600 LED Washes, Showline Nitro 510C and two grandMA 2 lite consoles.

“The Chauvet Rogue R1 FX-B are the lights that stand out,” said Connell adding, “they do some really cool things.”

“The lighting requirements for Toby Keith have morphed through the years as he and his production team have streamlined and adjusted their plan of touring,” explained Bandit Lites Vice President Mike Golden. “They began utilizing custom lighting carts as a backbone of their lighting production a few years ago in order to conform to the various venues they plan. This year, Eddie and Production Manager Tommy Benton collaborated on a new pod design which houses an assortment of high-powered fixtures to augment to the locally provided rig each day.  Eddie and Bandit technician Carter Hopkins then spend a bulk of their afternoon cloning the house system together with the pod system to give Toby a very consistent show each day.”

“As always, Bandit is a joy to work with,” shared Connell whose history with Bandit Lites spans nearly two decades. “No issues at all. The crew has been awesome! Nikki Dotson, Carter Hopkins and Jessie Hochinyavong are a joy to work with.”

The Toby Keith That's Country Bro! Tour continues into fall of 2019. For more information about tour dates and tickets, visit

Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace.  From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting needs. Bandit’s global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter where your next show takes you.  More information available at



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