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Zach Bryan Reflects on Childhood Memories Listening to Toby Keith With His ‘Old Man’

Zach Bryan Reflects on Childhood Memories Listening to Toby Keith With His ‘Old Man’

Zach Bryan let his memories of growing up while being around his father rise again after hearing of Toby Keith’s death. Bryan relayed in a post on X (formerly Twitter) about a bygone time. One that had him listening to a Keith classic, in a car, with his “old man.”

Mind you, Bryan probably wasn’t the only person having these thoughts. Keith stirred people’s emotions and feelings with his own brand of country music. One could almost see little Zach in the passenger’s seat. His father is behind the wheel, tapping his hand in a rhythmic beat to the song.

Keith and Bryan both had ties to Oklahoma. Maybe Bryan and his father were driving down an old country road, windows down, and the music cranked up. Hearing Keith sing out his love for his home state or nation made an impact on his fans.

There is something quite special about a father and son spending time together. It gets magnified a little more when something like a song can connect it all. For Bryan, that was the case. He headed over to the social media platform and made this post on Tuesday.

Toby Keith Loved To Collect Cars

Keith, 62, died on Monday night after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was still performing as long ago as two months ago when Keith sang at a concert in Las Vegas. One thing Keith loved to do in his spare time is collect cars. They became a passion of his and Keith had many to pick from.

From Ford trucks to Mustangs and even an outdated limousine, Keith loved to keep these cars up and running. He probably had room for some of them on his 160-acre ranch in Oklahoma. One time, a magazine compared the car collections of Keith and Kid Rock side by side.

Do you know what was Keith’s first car? He talked about it in a pretty funny video released on his YouTube channel. Several fans, including two draped in red cups, took their turns guessing. Keith opened up and said, “My first car was a ’73, 3-speed, 6-cylinder, F-100 Ford pickup. I burned the tires off of it. It was my high school pickup.”

And what a pickup it was as Ford rolled out a “new generation” of F-series Ford trucks. They had extra passenger room in them while other adjustments were made. With Keith having this pickup truck, he started collecting cars once he could do so. Keith rose from the oil fields of Oklahoma, past an amateur football career, and into country music success.

Zach Bryan Is An Oklahoma Boy, Too

In one of Keith’s final interviews, he mentioned that he was most proud of his songwriting abilities. They came in handy when Keith got serious about his music career. Those songs provided lots of fun and even a few tears to his many fans.

As Bryan talked about being with his father, maybe Keith had a similar experience. Toby was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, but his family moved for a bit to Fort Smith, Arkansas. They did move back to Moore, Oklahoma. Keith lived in Oklahoma for his entire life.

Who knows what songs Bryan was listening to with his father along those Oklahoma roads? Among Keith’s hits included As Good as I Once Was, Love Me If You Can, She Never Cried In Front of Me, Red Solo Cup, and many others. Either one of these or other Toby Keith songs hit Bryan close to his heart.

He’s considered one of country music’s up-and-coming stars. Now, Bryan can keep following in the footsteps of Keith and score some big hits. In his career, Keith had 20 No. 1 hits and 22 additional Top 10 songs.