Riley Green & Tracy Lawerence Cover Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy”

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Riley Green and Tracy Lawrence joined forces to deliver their rendition of Toby Keith’s timeless classic, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy.”

Their performance on Friday, April 5, at the BankPlus Amphitheater in Southaven, Mississippi, was part of Green’s Ain’t My Last Rodeo Tour.

Accompanied by special guests Tracy Lawrence and Ella Langley, who are currently serving as openers for Green’s headlining tour, the stage was set for an unforgettable night of country music.

Honoring Toby Keith’s Legacy

For years, Riley Green has consistently included “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” in his setlist at nearly every live concert, showcasing his admiration for Toby Keith’s iconic hit. With Keith’s recent passing in February, Green’s ongoing performance of the song now carries an even deeper significance, honoring the memory of the country music legend.

During their performance, pictures of Toby Keith’s extensive career graced the screen behind Green and Lawrence, providing an emotional backdrop to their rendition.

Watch their heartfelt performance in the video below.


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After Toby Keith’s passing, Tracy Lawrence took to his social media platforms to share a heartfelt message, expressing his profound sorrow and reminiscing about the cherished moments they shared onstage and off. Lawrence’s message reflected his deep connection and respect for Keith as a friend and a fellow musician:

“I’m broken hearted by the news of my friend [Toby Keith’s] passing. We shared many stages together over the years and a deep love of the music business and the people in it. He was an amazing singer, song writer, and performer. I have so many great memories of times we spent together. You will truly be missed my friend. I’ll see you on the other side.”

Since Keith’s passing from stomach cancer in February, tributes for the country legend have poured in from artists like Jelly Roll, who honored him with a rendition of “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” at the Houston Rodeo last month.

RELATED: Artists Who Have Paid Tribute To Toby Keith

The Story Of “Should’ve Been A Cowboy”

“Should’ve Been A Cowboy” holds a special place in Toby Keith’s career, marking the beginning of his journey in 1993. Quickly becoming one of the most beloved country songs of the 90s, it solidified Toby Keith’s position as a prominent figure in the genre.

On January 3, 2024, just a month before Keith’s passing, a behind-the-scenes video shared on his social media offered insight into the creation of “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” revealing the story behind the timeless hit.

Listen to Toby Keith explain the backstory of “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” in the video below.

It’s truly remarkable to see Riley Green, Tracy Lawrence, and other artists continuing Toby Keith’s legacy in such a meaningful way, paying homage to his enduring impact on country music.

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