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Rich O'Toole

A Red Dirt country singer with a flair for gleaming arena rock, Rich O'Toole built a regional following in his native Texas during the course of the late 2000s and early 2010s. A native of Houston, he began playing music in high school but started taking it seriously while attending Texas A&M. After playing a series of frat parties and clubs, he independently released Seventeen in 2007, and the debut earned enough attention that he hopped over to Smith Music Group for 2008's In a Minute or 2, which was produced by Mack Damon. Three years later, O'Toole signed with Average Joe's Entertainment and took a shot at the big time with Kiss of a Liar, which featured cameos from fellow Texas stars Josh Abbott and Pat Green; the record peaked at 73 on Billboard's country chart. In 2013 he launched his own label, PTO, which debuted with his fourth album, Brightwork. This record was made with Ilya Toshinsky, who became a regular collaborator over the next few years. O'Toole headed out to Los Angeles after its release, and that's where he wrote the bulk of Jaded, which came out in 2014. A three-year gap, during which time O'Toole released a series of Texas-themed emojis and developed a clothing label, separated Jaded and American Kid, which featured several collaborations with Evan Gamble and appeared in March 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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