Country music star Toby Keith‘s self-titled 1993 debut album will be celebrated with a special 25th anniversary release titled Should’ve Been A Cowboy in honor of his trademark hit anthem. Available November 30th, the album has been remastered and will include a commemorative cover plus liner notes along with three rare tracks from Keith’s personal vault. The album can be pre-ordered here.
“Me and some friends wandered into a bar in Dodge City, Kansas, where the old TV show Gunsmoke was set and watched a buddy get shot down by the pretty girl he asked to dance. Young guy in a hat walked up after and she went right off to the floor with him. Someone turned to our friend and said, ‘You should have been a cowboy.’ We got back to the hotel and I wrote it in the bathroom once everyone fell asleep. Turned it in with my whole life’s work to that point once I got a record deal,” Keith shared about his first No. 1 hit.
The track “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” eventually went on to be the most played country song of the 1990s and earned him his first platinum record. When released in 1993, the song and eponymous album introduced a formidable songwriter, one who saw penning his own songs as equally important as singing, performing and playing guitar. He solely wrote eight of the 10 tracks on the record.
“Then we got to Nashville’s old Music Mill studio to record the album. Hearing my songs played by real session guys instead of whoever I’d made the demo with was like putting on magic dust. When we did ‘Cowboy’ I could tell by the look on their faces we really had something. On the outside I was all business, but on the inside, I was jumping up and down. Having people believe in me not just as an artist but as a songwriter – I’d never had that. Twenty-five years later, it’s still the best part,” the artist reflected.
Included with the 25th anniversary edition are three rare tracks from Keith’s personal vault: “Tossin’ And Turnin’,” “I’ll Still Call You Baby” and “Daddy Mac.” Keith explains: “Those were all turned in with that pile of songs – everything I’d written before we went in to record. We went back and found a few of them that were written between 1986 and 1990. I got signed in ’91 and the album came out in 1993.”
Should’ve Been A Cowboy (25th Anniversary) Track Listing
1. Should’ve Been A Cowboy
2. He Ain’t Worth Missing
3. Under The Fall
4. Some Kinda Good Kinda Hold On Me
5. Wish I Didn’t Know
6. Ain’t No Thang
8. A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action
9. Mama Come Quick
10. Close But No Guitar
11. Tossin’ And Turnin’
12. I’ll Still Call You Baby
13. Daddy Mac
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