“The bar has provided inspiration for many of Toby Keith‘s most recent radio singles, and the good times don’t appear to be coming to an end. ‘Drunk Americans’ is his latest. The woozy waltz adds a hint of inclusive social commentary to allow it to stand out from the rest.” – Taste of Country
“I’ve loved Toby Keith for a long time. We wanted to write a modern day, ‘Piano Man’ [Billy Joel’s masterpiece]. It’s like when we are in here drinking, who cares what we are outside of this?” – co-songwriter, Brandy Clark
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2014
New Toby Keith Music Video For “Drunk Americans”:
A Social-Commentary Song About Diversity As Well As Drinking
Fast Rising Single Premiering On Vevo
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) The countdown began Saturday (Nov. 22) with the release of a teaser video and notifications across social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Today, Toby Keith’s “Drunk Americans” video premiered prominently across Vevo, with its CMT premiere set for Thursday (11/27)
Directed by Michael Salomon with animation by Ben Naff, the video captures the song’s inclusive, wall-busting view of the American people. Written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally, “Drunk Americans” lyrics break down barriers and rally, “We ain’t east, we ain’t west. We ain’t left, we ain’t right. Ain’t black, we ain’t white, we just came here to drink… We just raise up our glass, we don’t give a rat’s ass, if you’re a democrat or republican, we’re happy to be here tonight you can see, we’re just all drunk Americans.”
Taking note, Roughstock writes “Its list of varied themes [lyrics]– Democrat or Republican, ball cap or turban, blue or white collar – cuts deeper… by celebrating the demolition of societal boundaries.” And the response is surging with the cut racing up the charts, setting the stage for a new album early next year.
In the meantime, Toby has several events on the slate. Early next month, he’ll perform at the Coyote Acoustic Concert for Louisville radio legend Coyote Calhoun. The December 3 show benefits multiple children’s charities and celebrates the WAMZ program director and air talent, a longtime friend of Keith’s and fellow fan of Oklahoma University.
A few days later, Keith’s CMC Rocks the Hunter television special premieres on Foxtel cable in Australia. Toby played the internationally known festival in Hunter Valley, Australia March 16 during his Hammer Down Under Tour.
On Jan. 9, Toby headlines CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party, which will air live from the College Football National Championship in Dallas. He’ll be joined by Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge.
Toby Keith presides over a business empire that includes his I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants, Wild Shot Mezcal and more. But it is his work as a songwriter, musician, vocalist, producer and entertainer that is the creative engine behind chart-topping albums and standing-room-only tours. Learn more about him at tobykeith.com.