Women and whisky: country star Toby Keith to sing during Trump Saudi Arabia visit

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Keith will play male-only concert in Riyadh while US president shapes visit to ultra-conservative birthplace of Islam

Country music star Toby Keith, celebrated in Middle America for his songs referencing communal drinking and patriotic ardor, will perform a free, male-only concert in Saudi Arabia to recognize Donald Trumps visit.

Keith who often performs for US troops overseas, often heightening his middle thumb in the air in an unsubtle content to foreign antagonists will play in Riyadh on Saturday in a rare concert in the ultra-conservative birthplace of Islam.

Keith will share the stage with Saudi singer Rabeh Sager, according to an ad circulated online.

An Arabian lute and American guitar unite in a star-studded nighttime, said the advertisement.

The duo will perform for an audience made up only of men who should be above 21 and garmented in traditional Saudi thawb tunics. Access is free of charge.

Saudi Arabia which enforces a strict interpreting of Islam that includes a total prohibited under alcohol and a breakup of men and women is an unlikely destination for Keith, who jam-pack arenas in the heartland of the United States.

Keith, generally garmented in a cowboy hat, has a long listing of carols exploring the cathartic effects of alcohol including I Love This Bar, Whiskey Girl, Get Drunk and Be Somebody, Drinks After Work and Drunk Americans.

Beer For My Horses, one of Keiths best-known songs, sings of getting tough on crime and corruption.

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Toby Keith performs at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Photo: Mike Segar/ Reuters

The Oklahoma-born singer has frequently been elevated eyebrows for the severity of his nationalist feelings, with detractors calling him jingoistic.

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue( The Angry American ), released in the consequences of the September 11 onslaughts, memorably has the line, Well put a boot in your ass/ Its the American way.

In The Taliban Song, Keith describes ordinary Afghans praying for US forces to drive out the foreign fighters of the Taliban and al-Qaida which was led by the Saudi-born Osama bin Laden. In the chorus, Keith sings, Ride, camel, ride!

Keith did not immediately comment on the journey to Saudi Arabia. On his social media accounts, he instead posted a concert snippet of himself with the line, When the bartender wants to cut you off for the night.

Trump, a property tycoon who extended vowing to saloon Muslims from the United States, has chosen Saudi Arabia as his first foreign visitsince taking office. He is scheduled to hold a summit with Arab and Muslim presidents on Sunday.

The United States has frequently been recruited celebrities to promote the image of the United States overseas, but Trump has faced deep opposition in the artistry world.

Keith was the most famous musician at Trumps inauguration in January, a striking comparison to his predecessor Barack Obama who throughout his presidency hobnobbed with mega-stars such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and U2.

Keith, nonetheless, has downplayed his ties to Trump and has spoken favourably in the past about Obama.

The concert reaches as part of attempts to open up Saudi Arabia, which bars wives from driving and proscribes public cinemas and theatres.

The desert kingdom has created a government agency to support private firms organising amusement events, under a wideranging Vision 2030 plan for economic and social reform.

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