Toby Keith Gets Back to What He Does Best

“Drunk Americans” Could Remind Fans of His Earlier Hits

Toby Keith is preparing for the release of his upcoming album, 35 MPH Town, with a brand new single and music video.
“Drunk Americans” is reminiscent of several of Keith’s earlier hits, which the singer says is for good reason.
“Sometimes you just gotta go back and do what you do best,” Keith told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “When I heard this, I was like, ‘This is where we’ve always struck gold,’ and ‘This sounds like me coming out of the box.’ So as much as I love 35 MPH Town,’ we pushed this up front and said, ‘Let’s come out of the box with this and set the tone.’”
That tone is a feel good vibe that Keith hopes will blur political borders and unite listeners as a group of fun-loving music fans.
“In here, you get every kind,” he said of the song’s inclusive theme. “You get every color, you get every breed, you get every style, and at my bar, we just drink and we don’t give a rat’s ass about none of it.”
Keith has always taken a leading role in his music and business, and after 18 studio albums, he seems to have found the recipe for success. But with an ever-changing industry to contend with, some fans wonder if he will have to change his approach.
His answer is quite simply, ‘No.’
“I mean, on the skeleton part of the business side, you may have to do it different, the more digital it gets,” he admitted. “But it’s not gonna change anything about the way we get to the product or getting it out. They may deliver it differently, but as far as manufacturing and getting it to an album, nothing will change there.”
Fans can catch the singer in the New Year as he teams up with CMT and several other country superstars for a special 90-minute concert. The CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship will premiere Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
For more, tune into CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 20-21) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.