OFFSTAGE: “Red Solo Cup” Writer Says Everybody’s too Serious

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Toby Keith‘s “Red Solo Cup” was just nominated for a CMA Award for music video of the year. And obviously, everybody knows that this song isn’t deep or moving or on the verge of changing the world. It’s just a little love letter to a plastic cup. But it’s not like the song’s writers put pen to paper after one too many Solo cups full of beer. They really did it out of respect for old-school novelty songs from guys like Roger Miller, Jerry Reed and Ray Stevens. “For some reason that’s gone from country music today,” the song’s co-writer Jim Beavers said in the new issue of People Country. “Everybody takes themselves so seriously, and artists want to appear so cool, we forget sometimes people just want to laugh and have fun and be stupid.” He admits, though, that not everyone wants to laugh and have fun and be stupid. Beavers says some haters think, “This song is what’s wrong with America!” In the meantime, Keith’s latest video for his latest single, “I Like Girls That Drink Beer,” premiered Friday (Sept. 7) on CMT and CMT.com.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.