Old Me Better by Toby Keith – Song of the Day

26 October 2021 | 12:56 pm | Mallory Arbour

American singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith ’s cover of the Keb’ Mo’ classic, Old Me Better is catchy AF, that’s why it’s our Song of the Day!

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Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith’s cover of American blues musician Keb’ Mo’'s Old Me Better is catchy AF, that’s why it’s our Song of the Day! Keb' Mo' also features on the fun track.

Keith says, “Three years ago, journalist Robert K. Oermann sent my manager an email saying he was listening to this Keb Mo song and couldn't get the idea of me singing it out of his head. So, my manager sent it to me. A couple weeks later I was idle somewhere, grabbed my phone looking for something to do and saw the email. Hit the play button and thought, ‘This is really good and different.’

You'd be surprised how many people tell me stuff like, ‘We saw you in St. Joe, Missouri in 1995. We're huge fans, but we love your old stuff better.’ You want to say, ‘If I kept doing the old stuff, I'd still be an opening act.’ The stuff that built my first fan base – the first five albums – doesn't sound like the next five. But you have to keep growing. Anyway, it's a good song ... and funny. Like when he says, ‘I'm sitting here, looking back, wearing this stupid sweater. I like the old me better.’

We did the beer bottle and trash can percussion, had Keb come in and do some guitar work on it and I brought in some great gospel singers. We had fun. I was listening to them singing the bridge when I came up with the ‘ahs’ behind it. I told Kenny to run it back, then sang it so they could do that part. Pretty sure this is my wife's favourite song.”

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Old Me Better is off Keith’s latest studio album. Peso In My Pocket was co-produced by Kenny Greenberg and Keith, and features the highest Billboard Country Airplay chart debut of his career with the lead single Old School, which was co-written by Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris with Brett Tyler.

To date, Keith has had 42 top 10 hits, 32 number ones, 40 million albums sold and more than 10 billion streams. Peso In My Pocket is his first album in more than five years following the 2015 release of 35 MPH Town. Keith recently joined Brantley Gilbert and HARDY for the smash hit, The Worst Country Song of All Time.

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