The song that started it all for Toby Keith comes full circle in 2018 with the Should've Been A Cowboy Tour XXV presented by Ford F-Series. The hit song, which was written solely by Toby, was released to radio 25 years ago this month and went on to be the most played country song of that decade.The tour opens on April 6th in Salt Lake City and currently runs through mid-September throughout North America.
A decade after the release of "Should've Been A Cowboy," Toby told us the song was the most career-defining for him and set the tone for things to come: ["You come on the scene and your first single's a big song, and 'Should've Been A Cowboy' set a nice tone. It broke through the critical mass and reached the audience, and still after 10 years of airplay, it's still just a monster out there. People at Billboard told me it was the most-played song of the 90's, and it didn't come out until '93, and there were some big artists out in the early 90's."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . the early 90's.)
Shortly after writing "Should've Been A Cowboy," Toby was approached by the the late Chris LeDoux while sound-checking with the song as a member of a house band. Toby informed him he'd just been signed to a Nashville record deal and the song would be his first single.