BMI Applauds “As Good As I Once Was”

Although word had spread early that Toby Keith wouldn’t be there, a swarm of music industry worker bees jammed a 16th Avenue honky-tonk Wednesday (Sept. 14) to honor the writers of Keith’s latest No. 1 single, “As Good As I Once Was.” BMI — Keith and co-writer Scotty Emerick’s performance rights organization — staged the party at the authentically funky Bobby’s Idle Hour, the only surviving “beer joint” on Music Row. Toasting the song’s six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart were fellow songwriters Dean Dillon, Paul Overstreet and Shawn Camp; Keith’s manager, T. K. Kimbrell; and two somewhat bewildered Tennessee Titan cheerleaders BMI had hired to further brighten the occasion. After the usual writer and publisher trophies were handed out, Emerick and Dillon hastened behind the bar and began serving up beer to anyone within reaching distance. With free peanuts available by the buckets and a worn pool table beckoning in the back, it was Hillbilly Heaven.