Toby Keith

Toby Keith

by Toby KeithToby Keith


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On the cover of his eponymous 1993 debut, Toby Keith doesn't quite look like the big, swaggering dog that became a superstar roughly seven years later -- he's too thin, his shirt too crisp, his mullet too drastic, his smile too eager -- but image isn't everything. Underneath that cover, it sure is possible to hear the roots of modern Toby Keith on this appealing debut. It is given a production that's a bit too big, clean, glossy and cavernous for Keith's good -- it fits the outsized sound of early-'90s radio, but not his outsized talent -- but beneath that sheen the songs are very strong. He wrote all but two here -- the cheerfully swinging "Some Kinda Good Kinda Hold on Me" and the very good "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action," which winningly echoes the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," aren't his -- and he's already showing considerable range as a writer, already revealing his wry sense of humor on "Close But No Guitar" and expertly playing of Western mythology on "Should've Been a Cowboy" which was his deserved breakthrough. But if that song, combined with his latter macho stance, suggests that he was always all outlaw, most of Toby Keith is surprisingly within poppier territory, as "Ain't No Thang," "He Ain't Worth Missing" and "Wish I Didn't Know Now" all bear influences from Ronnie Milsap. He'd later develop this influence, blending it to a rowdier stance that became his signature, but looking back on this debut it's clear that Keith was a writer and singer of considerable skill even at the outset of his career.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/1993
Label: Mercury Nashville
UPC: 0731451442124
catalogNumber: 514421
Rank: 83734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Troy Turner   Keyboards
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Ken Bell   Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica
Michael Crossno   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Carl Goff   Bass
Chuck Goff   Bass
Johnny Helms   Steel Guitar
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards
Gary Lunn   Bass
Scott Marcha   Drums
Keith Mellington   Drums
Milton Sledge   Drums
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Chris Trupe   Keyboards
John Willis   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Kenny Bell   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Black   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Jim Kimball   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jim Cotton   Engineer
Nelson Larkin   Producer
Joe Scaife   Engineer
Harold Shedd   Producer
Keith D. Hinton   Composer
Joe Sciafe   Engineer

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