Toby Keith Talks Drinks After Work and New Album

(Radio.com) Radio.com spoke with Toby Keith late last week, and he filled us in on his brand new single "Drinks After Work," some of the tracks that might make his forthcoming album (due out "October or November," he said), what it means to write songs for listeners far younger than he is now, and what led him to record his monster "earworm" of a hit, "Red Solo Cup."

Radio.com: Tell us about your new single "Drinks After Work." It's a different sound for you. Toby Keith: Every once in a while I'll step out and do something crazy if it's a great song. In the last 20 years I've done that three or four times. I've found something that's way out of the norm, and I would jump out and do it. This just landed in my lap, and I didn't even know if we would get a good cut on it because it was so different. It just bloomed in the studio, and when we got done they said, 'You have to pick a single.' I had a deadline to meet, and I had a few things in front of me that I really liked, and I said, 'This one sounds like summertime to me, let's go with this.'

Radio.com: What details can you share about your upcoming album? Toby: I write all year long, and somewhere around March or April I go into the studio and start cutting. I never really know what I've got until I get there. I don't know if its going to make this album, but I just did a duet with Jimmy Buffett on his album called "Too Drunk To Karaoke." That's a crazy party song for him. I wrote a song with Bobby Pinson called "Sailboat For Sale," and he reciprocated and sang on that one, so I'll probably let him run his this year and then we'll probably put mine on the next album. I've got a lot of stuff recorded, and then I have a bunch of stuff I have to go and record, and then I'll pick 10 or 12 out.

Radio.com: Can you confirm the release date or album title? Toby: It always comes out around October or November. The title usually ends up being something to do with one of the song titles. It could end up being Drinks After Work because that's a big song, but it might not. You never know. A lot more with Toby here.

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