WATCH: Toby Keith Posts Acoustic Version of ‘As Good As I Once Was’

by Joe Rutland

Toby Keith is still making wonderful country music and he decided to get a little up close and personal with his Instagram followers for a solo performance.

Keith takes a few minutes to play an acoustic version of his song “As Good As I Once Was.” In the video, Keith is shown simply with a guitar in hand and singing into the camera.

The song appears on Keith’s 2005 album “Honkytonk University” and won the County Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year. It was Keith’s ninth studio album and received a nomination for the American Music Award for Favorite Country Album.

Toby Keith Celebrates Album’s 15-Year Anniversary

On May 17, 2020, this album marked its 15th anniversary since it was released.

According to Keith’s website, “Platinum certified by the RIAA, the 12-song collection spawned several big hits including the six-week No. 1 ‘As Good As I Once Was.’ With a song unlike anything he’d ever written or recorded, a format-defining smash and lifelong goal duet, Honkytonk University encapsulates a singer, songwriter, and superstar at his absolute best.

“Every song finds the future Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee credited, as well as frequent co-writers Scotty Emerick and Dean Dillon,” the statement reads. “Keith produced with James Stroud, and the album’s three singles included ‘Honkytonk U’ and ‘Big Blue Note.’ The latter impelled Keith to say at the time, ‘I’ve never written anything quite like it. It’s just one of those things that happens to you as a songwriter. You’re going to write enough of them that one’s going to end up psychedelic … I like to say on those that we happened to be the only writers up that night when that one floated by.’

As for this year, Keith, much like other country music performers, had to cancel performances due to COVID-19 issues. Plans are still in the works for these dates to be rescheduled.

Keith Tops Charts 19 Years Ago With ‘I Wanna Talk About Me’

Coincidentally, it’s been 19 years, almost two decades, since Keith’s song “I Wanna Talk About Me” topped the Billboard Country charts.

At the time, the song was a bit of a gamble for both Keith and songwriter Bobby Braddock. Many considered the song to be in the genre of country-rap. Both Keith and Braddock were unsure how audiences would receive the tune. But they pressed forward with the recording, which became Keith’s seventh No.1 hit.

“They’re going to call it a rap,” Toby told Billboard in 2001. “[But] there ain’t nobody doing rap who would call it a rap.”

Take a listen for yourself to this hit song from Keith.