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Toby Keith Celebrates First Hit with Milestone Tour

Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV Marks Debut’s Silver Anniversary Tour Presented by Ford F-Series Amid More Honors

(Nashville, Tennessee) – 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)

Nearly 7 million BMI radio performances

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

04/06/18 Salt Lake City UT Vivnt Smart Home Arena
04/07/18 Florence                    AZ Country Thunder
04/08/18 Huntington Beach     CA Coastal Country Jam
05/27/18 Daytona Beach           FL Country 500 Fest
06/08/18 Myrtle Beach            SC Carolina Country Music Festival
06/17/18 Santa Rosa                 CA Country Summer
07/05/18 Ft. Loramie              OH Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes
07/06/18 Battle Creek             MI Firekeepers Casino
07/13/18 Hinckley                     MN Grand Casino Amp
07/14/18 Rhinelander                 WI Hodag
07/19/18 Harrington                  DE Delaware State Fair
07/20/18 St. Clairsville           OH Jamboree In The Hills
07/21/18 Twin Lakes              WI Country Thunder
07/27/18 Cheyenne               WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
07/28/18 El Dorado                  KS Dam Music Festival
08/02/18 Davenport                   IA Mississippi Valley Fair
08/18/18 Calgary                 AB Country Thunder
08/25/18 Glenmoore                    PA Citadel Country Spirit USA
08/31/18 Huron                  SD SD State Fair
09/15/18 Puyallup                     WA Washington State Fair

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