Toby Keith Performed Acoustic Tributes To Other Country Stars In 2020
While he was stuck down in Mexico in early 2020, Toby Keith passed the time by listening to old country songs. Every now and then, he heard a song he wanted to sing himself. So he started sharing acoustic performances with his fans.
Keith forgot to bring his guitar with him to Mexico, so he had to improvise. He stopped by a furniture store and bought an old guitar. He used that guitar for many of his cover performances.
He performed a number of great country tunes during that time. A few songs we heard Keith sing include “Flowers on the Wall” and “Evangelina.”
The former song served as Keith’s way of paying tribute to The Statler Brothers’ Harold Reid. He passed away on April 24, 2020.
Hear Him Honor Two Country Icons With One Song
Days later, Keith honored not one, but two country legends with the song “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You.”
The track was written by outlaw country icon Billy Joe Shaver and was recorded by Latin American country singer Johnny Rodriguez. His recording was released in 1976 and was a #3 hit on the country chart in the U.S.
Keith briefly introduced the song before he covered it, saying:
“Billy Joe Shaver wrote a little song and Johnny Rodriquez sang the p— out of it.“
Then, he moved into his performance. The old furniture store guitar served as his only source of instrumental support.
We know Keith praised Rodriguez’s vocal performance. But Keith deserved a pat on the back for his own rendition!
Tune in to the clip below to hear Toby Keith deliver his acoustic tribute to Rodriguez and Shaver with “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You.”
We loved these classic and traditional country covers from Keith. We’ll sure miss hearing him sing…