OFFSTAGE: Toby Keith Visits Sea World

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Toby Keith ’s “Red Solo Cup” was one of the biggest songs of 2012. It even won the CMA award for music video of the year, went very viral and became the go-to party song for anyone and everyone, country fans and otherwise. Plus, his 2012 was made even bigger and better because he released his 16th — and possibly his best — studio album, Hope on the Rocks. And he opened even more locations of Toby Keith I Love This Bar & Grill.

So I was thrilled to hear he was spending some downtime hanging out with a sea lion over the holidays. He was down in Orlando, Fla., with his family and took some time to visit Sea World.

Keith got the world famous flipper shake from the friendly sea lion Clyde. Kind of makes you wonder if Keith’s sea lion adventure will end up in a song someday. I can already think of a million things that nearly rhyme with Clyde.