Country Music Performer Recovers from Car Wreck
Upon landing at the Amarillo airport on February 25th for a show at the GoldenLight Cafe and Cantina with the Corey Hunt Band, Rich O’Toole (Epsilon Delta–Texas A&M ’03) called an Uber ride to take him to his hotel. At some point during his trip, the car was rear-ended by another on the highway.
“They were on their way to the hotel, and something happened along the way–we’re still waiting on the police report–but for some reason the Uber stopped in the middle of the freeway.” said Rich’s publicist Hayden Spears. “We’re not too sure if there was heavy traffic or what, but he stopped in the middle of the freeway and they got hit from behind, which then caused [Rich] to get injured.”
Initially, Rich was unable to move or feel his right arm, so he was admitted into the Northwest Texas Hospital. Doctors identified the issue to be a pinched nerve and determined that emergency neck and spine surgery was needed.
Rich posted on social media on February 28th saying, “I’m very lucky to be alive. Surgery went amazing, and I will be back at 100% and ready to tour in 4-6 weeks! God bless and thank you for all of the support and prayers. God, my family, friends and fans are number one! – Rich.”
This unfortunate accident occurred just weeks before Rich’s highly anticipated release of his latest album, American Kid. Due to his doctors orders and a 10 week recovery timeline, Rich and his band had to cancel several shows and even push back the album release party.
With a great deal of prayers and support, Rich was able to make a full recovery back to the stage and successfully launch his sixth studio album. American Kid was nothing short of a success, being listed at #1 on the Texas Radio Regional Report, #3 on Billboard Heatseekers South Central, #5 on Country iTunes Chart, and #48 on Billboard Country Album Sales.
With 14 top ten hits on Texas radio, it’s safe to say that Rich O’Toole knows where to call home. But like any multi-dimensional artist, especially those with one million plays on Spotify and over 1,000 full band shows performed throughout the US, including opening slots for Willie Nelson and the Josh Abbott Band, this Houston and College Station native is always looking to challenge himself and spread his wings just a little bit more.