Toby Keith’s Small Circle of Writers

Plus His Hero, Eddy Raven

When Toby Keith was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame a couple years ago, he told the story behind his 1993 debut “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”

And it went like this: Keith and his hunting buddies were in a bar after a day of hunting, and one of his friends tried to ask a woman to dance.

She said no. But then a cowboy did the same, and she said yes.

“And I’m like, ’John, you should’ve been a cowboy,'” Keith recalled. “Back in my hotel room, the guy I was rooming with was going to crash, so I took my guitar into the bathroom and shut the door. Twenty minutes later, I came out with the song, ready to record. It ended up being my first single.”

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