When Toby Keith debuted his single, “Made in America,” on the CMT Video Awards show last June, I remember tweeting this: “I love Toby Keith, but this song is going to have to grow on me.” Well, grow on me it did. On me, and apparently everyone else in the country. At least everyone who has anything to do with pushing it up into that No. 1 spot – because it’s there. (Above photo from Toby’s Facebook page).
I received the following press release, that tells the whole story better than I can.
One of contemporary music’s most consistent hit makers, Toby Keith is celebrating the ascension of his latest No. 1 single, "Made In America." The song, his 29th #1 single, has topped the Country Aircheck/Mediabase, Billboard/BDS and Music Row charts and is one of the fastest rising releases of his career.
For Keith, the song is almost an unexpected hit as he’s not been particularly inclined toward America-themed material lately. "I’ve done so much patriotic stuff that I have people sending me and bringing me those kinds of ideas daily," he says. "And when I hear most of this stuff it’s like, I’ve already done that. I’ve already done my warrior song – ‘American Soldier.’ I’ve already done my battle cry – ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue.’ I’ve already done my fun uptempo – ‘American Ride.’"
Fortunately, frequent Keith co-writer Bobby Pinson offered up an idea anyway. "We got to talking about how when we were kids, if your car broke down your dad could take a wrench, WD40, bailing wire and a screw driver and about fix it," Keith explains. "We jumped on that, started writing. I just couldn’t get past thinking that my old man was that old man."
"Made In America" is one of 11 new tracks on Clancy’s Tavern, which will be released globally Oct. 24. A Deluxe Edition also includes four extra songs that are covers recorded live at Toby’s 2010 Incognito Bandito club show at The Fillmore in New York City.
Remember, in addition to Toby’s facebook and web site, you can also follow him on Twitter @TobyKeithMusic. Congratulations Toby. Looking forward to the new CD.