Dave Pahanish and Joe West, co-writers of Toby Keith‘s “American Ride,” celebrated the song’s success during a party Wednesday (Dec. 2) at the Music Row headquarters of BMI, the performance rights organization. Keith was unable to attend the event. The song was Pahanish and West’s second No. 1, their first being Jimmy Wayne‘s “Do You Believe Me Now.” BMI’s Clay Bradley noted that “American Ride” is Keith’s 27th No. 1. He added that Keith “stretches our format and encourages our writers to step outside and follow their instincts.” Keith had the song — originally titled “This American Life” — on hold for a year before recording it.