Toby Keith Celebrates First Hit With Milestone Tour

The song that started it all comes full circle in 2018 with the Toby Keith Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV presented by Ford F-Series. Released to radio 25 years ago this month and went on to be the most played country song of that decade, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” kicked off a multi-platinum career that – appropriately since it was written solely by Keith – eventually led to his induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2015).

The tour opens April 6 in Salt Lake City and, to-date, travels throughout North America. Like all his recent tours, the trek is presented by Ford F-Series and promises a full complement of Keith’s too-many-for-the-setlist hits. Sure to be among them, of course, is “Should’ve Been A Cowboy.” See tour itinerary below. Additional dates will be announced soon.

Another song he wrote, “I Love This Bar,” was recently honored by BMI for more than 4 million performances on commercial radio stations. And it all began more than 25 years ago with an off-hand comment.

“Cowboy” Stats
Writer: Toby Keith
Produced by Nelson Larkin and Harold Shedd
Released February 12, 1993
Debut album Toby Keith released April 20, 1993
Two-week Billboard No. 1 June 5 & 12
BMI Country Award Winner (1994)
More than 6 million radio spins as of 2012
Most-played country song of the 1990s
More than 200 million views/plays across streaming services

Behind “Cowboy”
Keith was at a bar with some hunting buddies when one asked a woman to dance. She declined. A cowboy approached the same woman and his dance request was accepted, prompting Keith to say, “John, you should’ve been a cowboy.” That night, back at his hotel, Keith wrote the song in about 20 minutes, holed up in the bathroom as his roommate slept. His inspiration included the TV series Gunsmoke.
While sound-checking with the song as a member of a house band, Keith was approached by the late Chris LeDoux, who asked to record the song. Keith informed him he’d just been signed to Mercury and the song would be his first single.
“Should’ve Been A Cowboy” has carried as far as Keith’s performances at forward operating bases in war zones during his USO Tours, inclusion in the video game Rock Band, and to a stage in Saudi Arabia, where Keith was the nation’s first western performer.

Toby Keith Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV
April 6            Salt Lake City, UT                 Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 7            Florence, AZ                          Country Thunder
April 8            Huntington Beach, CA           Coastal Country Jam
May 27           Daytona Beach, FL               Country 500 Fest
June 8            Myrtle Beach, SC                  Carolina Country Music Festival
June 17          Santa Rosa, CA                    Country Summer
July 5             Ft. Loramie, OH                     Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes
July 6             Battle Creek, MI                     Firekeepers Casino
July 13           Hinckley, MN                          Grand Casino Amp
July 14           Rhinelander, WI                      Hodag
July 19           Harrington, DE                       Delaware State Fair
July 20           St. Clairsville, OH                   Jamboree In The Hills
July 21           Twin Lakes, WI                      Country Thunder
July 27           Cheyenne, WY                      Cheyenne Frontier Days.
July 28           El Dorado, KS                        Dam Music Festival
Aug. 2            Davenport, IA                         Mississippi Valley Fair
Aug. 18          Calgary, AB                            Country Thunder
Sep. 15         Puyallup, WA                          Washington State Fair

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