Toby Keith’s Desert Island Music

Bob Seger, John Prine Join His Favorite Stack of Country Songs

Everyone’s got one — that absolute list of music you’d want to have with you if you were ever stranded on a desert island.

I’ve always thought that was a pretty tall order for any album to be so good that you’d never, ever get tired of it. So any time I try to choose, I just can’t.

But Toby Keith has a list of favorites and he shared it with a music industry crowd when he spoke at the Country Radio Seminar last week in Nashville.

Right off the bat, with zero hesitation, he said he’d bring some Roger Miller and Willie Nelson music. And also, some Hag.

Merle Haggard was a tremendous influence on me,” Keith said. “I can remember being in second grade, and my parents played ‘Okie From Muskogee.’ And then I heard ‘Hungry Eyes.’ So when I first started to learn to play the guitar, those songs were calling me to sing.”

But his island jam would not be complete without Bob Seger.

“He was considered rock ‘n’ roll, but he always sounded like I could play his songs with an acoustic guitar,” Keith said. “The guys who would go see Seger would never go see Hag. But to me, it’s almost the same.

“If I played you three songs off each of their albums that you’d never heard, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. It’s just American music, is all it is”

At the last minute, Keith added one more to his list: John Prine.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.