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Remember When Toby Keith Released His Debut Album?

Toby Keith Album
Mercury Records

It’s been 20 years since country fans were introduced to Toby Keith, the rabble-rousing 31-year-old from Oklahoma.

‘Toby Keith’ was released on Mercury Records April 20, 1993 and fans could get it on CD or cassette, since most were still asking “What is the Internet, anyway?” There were signs that the singer would be a superstar, but it’s not likely anyone was betting on this cowboy.

Four singles from ‘Toby Keith’ landed inside the Top 5, including ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy,’ his debut single that reached No. 1. ‘He Ain’t Worth Missing,’ ‘A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action’ and ‘Wish I Didn’t Know Now’ are other hits from his eponymous album. It’s since gone Platinum, with one million copies sold.

Early reviews of the album were positive with mention of his strong songwriting. He penned all but two songs for the project and showed the bravado that would come to define some of his biggest hits, as well as the sensitivity that would smooth out his ballads.

Coincidentally, Keith’s daughter Krystal Keith has just released her self-titled EP. The female singer’s debut project comes almost 20 years to the day as Toby’s breakthrough album.

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