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Toby Keith Gets More Diverse With 'Drunk Americans'

10/12/2015
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(Radio.com) Toby Keith's latest album, 35 MPH Town, was released Friday (October 9). And to longtime fans, the leadoff track, "Drunk Americans," may seem like it takes place at a familiar joint.

"It sounded like a waltz version of 'I Love This Bar,' just ten years removed," Keith told Radio.com over the phone yesterday. "It's got all the characters."

But where "I Love This Bar" had "Winners, we got losers/Chain smokers and boozers/And we got yuppies, we got bikers/We got thirsty hitchhikers," "Drunk Americans" is somewhat more diverse.

In that song, Keith sings, "We ain't East, we ain't West/We ain't left, we ain't right/We ain't black, we ain't white/We just came here to drink/We're all mud flap suburbans/All ball caps and turbans/All prom queens and strippers."

To Keith, the song also operates as a bookend to his post 9/11 hit, "Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue (The Angry American)" a song which he says he wrote in support of our troops who were being deployed to the Middle East. To this day, he seems surprised of the negative response he says he got from the press from that song. Read more here.

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