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Country - Released October 25, 2019 | Show Dog, LLC

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The details get a little fuzzy, since his Show Dog imprint was formed in 2005 right in the thick of a major-label restructuring, but for greatest-hits purposes, Toby Keith's Show Dog Years begin with the release of That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy in 2008 and run until this 2019 release of Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years. In practical terms, this contains Keith's last great run in the country Top Ten, featuring the number ones "She Never Cried in front of Me," "God Love Her," "American Ride," and "Made in America," plus the viral smash "Red Solo Cup." Alongside these songs are many, but not all, of the charting hits from this time. The Top Ten hits are favored, so his stretch of drinking songs after 2012's "Beers Ago" -- "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," "Drinks After Work," and "Drunk Americans" -- are ignored outside of the quite strong "Hope on the Rocks." To this mix are four relatively new cuts: the hushed, melancholy "Don't Let the Old Man In," which was featured in Clint Eastwood's 2018 film The Mule, the charting single "That's Country Bro," a ham-fisted mock-dance remix of "American Ride" featuring DJ KO, and "Back in the 405," a groovy, horn-punctuated R&B tune co-written with Colt Ford. Not all of this is great -- the new version of "American Ride" is forced -- but it all adds up to a pretty representative summary of the opening of the third chapter of Toby Keith's career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released September 8, 2017 | Show Dog, LLC

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Toby Keith began publicly using the term "Bus Songs" back in 2003, separating "The Taliban Song" and "Weed with Willie" from the proper album of Shock'n Y'All. Keith called these "Bus Songs" because they were the naughty tunes he and his band sang to each other to pass the time while on tour, and before long the line between the back of the bus and the front of the album started to blur. At times, these ribald tales would be tacked onto the end of the record, but they started to slide into the middle of a song sequence. Soon, it was difficult to discern a Bus Song from a hit single like "Red Solo Cup," so the 2017 appearance of an album dedicated to The Bus Songs doesn't feel quite as revelatory as it may have been a decade earlier. The lack of surprise with The Bus Songs is also due to how it largely comprises old songs, often consisting of previously released versions of songs released between 2003 and 2015. These five familiar recordings are balanced by new studio versions of the Bus Songs from 2006's White Trash with Money, live takes on "Get Out of My Car" and "Weed with Willie," and two brand-new songs: "Shitty Golfer" and "Wacky Tobaccy." Neither of the new tunes are any great shakes -- "Shitty Golfer" recalls Bobby Bare singing Shel Silverstein, "Wacky Tobaccy" plays its wackiness too hard -- but the new take on "Brand New Bow" has a nice soulful groove and "Hell No" shares a similar worn-in vibe. These are good grace notes on an album that winds up showcasing the craft of Keith's writing and the skill of his singing. What's remarkable is that The Bus Songs doesn't feel markedly sillier than a typical Keith record, and that's because of the heartache and wry observations on the margins of the songs, elements that give these purported novelties soul. Maybe The Bus Songs isn't quite as consistent as it could've been, but by this point that's expected from Keith. Instead, it's as messy and complex as any of his post-White Trash with Money records, and it's every bit as enjoyable too. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released August 23, 2019 | Show Dog, LLC

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Country - Released August 25, 2017 | Show Dog, LLC

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Country - Released June 23, 2017 | Show Dog, LLC

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Country - Released October 11, 2019 | Show Dog, LLC

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Country - Released September 27, 2019 | Show Dog, LLC

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Country - Released August 11, 2017 | Show Dog, LLC

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Country - Released July 21, 2017 | Show Dog, LLC

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