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Toby Keith video/single 'American Ride' garnering lots of attention
Red Dirt Report ^ | August 17, 2009 | Andrew W. Griffin

Posted on 08/18/2009 6:32:02 AM PDT by SoonerStorm09

By Andrew W. Griffin

Red Dirt Report, editor

Posted: August 17, 2009

reddirtreporter@gmail.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – Norman resident and country superstar Toby Keith is back on the charts with a new “politically-charged video,” “American Ride,” that was released last Friday on country music video channel CMT and is being called by some critics as “equal-opportunity satire” This is demonstrated by showing a “tidal wave” of illegal aliens coming across the US-Mexico border or Barack Obama as a tool of the bankers or George W. Bush giving Pat Robertson a piggy-back ride. Excellent!.

With it’s martial feel and driving fiddles, Jib-Jab-styled Americana imagery and stunning visuals that keep you wanting more, it’s a more traditional-sounding song musically, with Keith singing that despite all the problems in the country, this “American ride” is a helluva lot of fun, at least while it lasts.

And as a conservative Democrat, Toby Keith is a classic Oklahoma voter. While the state is strongly Republican, he represents, in this video, what a lot of Americans, particularly in the Heartland, are beginning to feel.

At his website www.tobykeith.com, Keith explained that “I’m a ‘right-wrong guy,’ not a ‘right-left guy,’ and this video shows that. We took shots at everyone.”

And I would argue that “American Ride,” an animated video directed by Michael Salamon, is Keith’s most overtly politically-oriented video since 2002’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”

It is good to see Toby Keith remaining politically and culturally relevant while still producing terrific country-pop that stays in your head. Just note his last big hit, “God Love Her,” or 2006’s “A Little Too Late.”

Reports say that “American Ride” is the fastest-rising songs of his career, with it being the most added song this week according to country music radio analysts.

Now, let’s hope Toby Keith will schedule a full-fledged concert here in the Sooner State. He is currently on tour with Trace Adkins on his “America’s Toughest Tour.”

The new album American Ride is scheduled for release on Oct. 13 on his Showdog Nashville record label.

Copyright 2009 West Marie Media


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: americanride; countrymusic; keith; toby; tobykeith

1 posted on 08/18/2009 6:32:03 AM PDT by SoonerStorm09
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To: SoonerStorm09

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCoTePQl3CI


2 posted on 08/18/2009 6:34:13 AM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

I’d be happier if artists would just keep their political opinions to themselves and stick to their music.


3 posted on 08/18/2009 6:37:28 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Toby often parks his semi, with his mural on the side, not 5 minutes from my house, here in Wichita, when it is not on the road.
Check out the SE corner of US 54/400 and Web road, if you are in the area. It is the old Builders Square lot.
I know his road crew probably has more to do with where the truck is parked, than Toby does.
However, he does sometimes go to a tanning salon less than 4 blocks from me.
My girlfriend has seen him there a few times, awhile back.


4 posted on 08/18/2009 6:38:49 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: reagan_fanatic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCavKL2zdjM


5 posted on 08/18/2009 6:40:00 AM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Lyrics:

Winters getting colder, Summer gettin’ warmer
Tidal wave comin’ cross the Mexican border
Why buy a gallon it’s cheaper by the barrel
Just don’t get busted singing Christmas carols

(Chorus)
That’s us, that’s right
Gotta love this American ride
Both ends of the o-zone burnin’
Funny how the world keeps turnin’
Look Ma, no hands
I love this American Ride
Gotta love this American Ride

Mama gets her rocks off watchin’ desperate housewives.
Daddy works his can off payin’ for the good life
Kids on the you tube learnin’ how to be cool
Livin’ in a cruel world, pays to be a mean girl

Chorus
That’s us, that’s right
Gotta love this American ride
Both ends of the o-zone burnin’
Funny how the world keeps turnin’
Look Ma, no hands
I love this American Ride
Gotta love this American Ride

Poor little infamous, Americas town.
She gained five pounds and lost her crown.
Quick fix plastic surgical antidote.
Got herself a record deal, can’t even sing a note
Plasma gettin’ bigger, Jesus gettin’ smaller
Spill a cup of coffee, make a million dollars.
Customs caught a thug with an aerosol can.
If the shoe don’t fit, the fits gonna hit the shan.

Chorus
That’s us, that’s right
Gotta love this American ride.
Both ends of the ozone burnin’.
Funny how the world keeps turnin’.
Hot dog, Hot damn.
I love this American ride.
Gotta love this American ride.

Oh yeah,
Na na na na na na na na...


6 posted on 08/18/2009 6:40:31 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Thanks for the heads up on the TK tune. Looked it up on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02MJ1BknQXw&NR=1
It’s not the vid - but it’s the song with the lyrics and some pretty interesting comments from the left and right.


7 posted on 08/18/2009 6:41:04 AM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: nagdt
Here's the actual video that was released on CMT. I'm still digesting it.

TK's American Ride as seen on CMT
8 posted on 08/18/2009 6:45:27 AM PDT by mentor2k
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To: nagdt

Is it me or is the riff strikingly similar to Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song??


9 posted on 08/18/2009 6:46:02 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: Kansas58

However, he does sometimes go to a tanning salon less than 4 blocks from me.
______

Toby Keith. Metrosexual.


10 posted on 08/18/2009 6:47:07 AM PDT by dmz
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To: nagdt

You can watch the video @ http://www.cmt.com


11 posted on 08/18/2009 6:47:31 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (I'm so faking mad, I could manufacture scream. A village in Kenya is missing their Idiot.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

http://www.bing.com/search?q=toby+keith+obama&FORM=MSNH11&qs=n


12 posted on 08/18/2009 6:51:08 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (No teleprompters were harmed in the creation of this post.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

I hope he’s enjoying his “American Ride”—after all it gave him the opportunity to sell his music.


13 posted on 08/18/2009 6:54:38 AM PDT by two23 (czars are for commies)
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To: dmz
Yup.

That’s gotta be somewhere in the Man Rule Book. No man is to go to a tanning salon

14 posted on 08/18/2009 6:55:34 AM PDT by lakertaker (Democratic Party Economic plan: Declare all those who hate higher taxes as unpatriotic)
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To: SoonerStorm09
WelcomeTo FreeRepublic!
15 posted on 08/18/2009 6:55:47 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: Kansas58

The tanning salon fits will all the other satire in the song.


16 posted on 08/18/2009 6:57:17 AM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: SoonerStorm09

bookmark


17 posted on 08/18/2009 6:57:33 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: mentor2k

Thank you for locating the video for us. It’s a keeper!


18 posted on 08/18/2009 6:59:26 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: SoonerStorm09

He’s a populist who takes a swings at every side. Notice the “Faux News” clip in the video, that would be a hit at Kos if they weren’t anal non-retentive girly boys.


19 posted on 08/18/2009 7:00:27 AM PDT by junta (Conservatives, the word "racism" is now ours.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

What the he11 is “Jib-Jab-styled Americana imagery”???????


20 posted on 08/18/2009 7:03:56 AM PDT by Larry - Moe and Curly (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: SoonerStorm09
It is good to see Toby Keith remaining politically and culturally relevant while still producing terrific country-pop that stays in your head.

So...mindless and forgettable paint-by-number three-chord monotony with a leavening of Uhmerikan plastic patriotism is terrific country-pop? Dwight Yoakam can only shake his head and wonder.

21 posted on 08/18/2009 7:06:13 AM PDT by relictele
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To: junta

I was just going to comment on that.

He doesn’t put any other news logo on the pundits screens, but made it a point to put “Faux News” on there.


22 posted on 08/18/2009 7:08:07 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: SoonerStorm09

Keith is about as much Dem as me. He was an ardent Bush backer. And opposed Obama. Hangs out with Nugent.

It’s all PR spin, and political/career opportunism, that he’s a “registered Dem.”

All OKies over 40 are/were conservative Dems. They just vote REPUB all the time.


23 posted on 08/18/2009 7:11:33 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: junta

Another swing at satire of our fluff girly culture, by bad girl Lily Allen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wGMlSuX_c&feature=related


24 posted on 08/18/2009 7:12:16 AM PDT by junta (Conservatives, the word "racism" is now ours.)
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To: Larry - Moe and Curly

Google jib-jab political cartoon and watch some of the movies and you will understand.


25 posted on 08/18/2009 7:12:34 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: Dansong
I don't know about that, however the animation reminded me of South Park. Not bad work overall.
26 posted on 08/18/2009 7:13:34 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: relictele

He is the only one I know of with a national audience that correctly calls Obama a Goldman Sachs tool, the “real” patriots seem to always forget that.


27 posted on 08/18/2009 7:18:07 AM PDT by junta (Conservatives, the word "racism" is now ours.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Definitely hits the left far more than the right. Not even close.

Slams global warming, tort lawyers, obama bailouts, government stealing property, ACLU banning Christmas carols, Hollywood morons, Obama’s pals (castro, chavez), etc.


28 posted on 08/18/2009 7:20:09 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Sweet! Toby Keith knows how to say it. If he had never let his views known it would be one thing, but his songs, including “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” have always shown where he stood.


29 posted on 08/18/2009 7:21:15 AM PDT by madison10
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To: FourPeas

To be honest, not sure if HE used the tanning salon much, or was just taking a woman there, and waiting for her.


30 posted on 08/18/2009 7:22:01 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Larry - Moe and Curly
Go to Jib-Jab.com and check out some of their videos.
31 posted on 08/18/2009 7:23:28 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: junta

Toby Keith was in Iraq entertaining our Troops more than any other entertainer I can remember.

I burned a DVD of his performance in Baghdad during the CMA’s when he broadcasted live, included some of his MTV videos and pics that the guys and gals sent to me. Must have burned more than 2,000.

Got so many thank yous for our brave men and women I was humbled.

The Troops love Toby Keith and so do I.

God Bless Toby and God Bless America.


32 posted on 08/18/2009 7:28:25 AM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: IMissPresidentReagan

Great vid! Too funny. Thanks.


33 posted on 08/18/2009 7:32:02 AM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: nagdt

bookmark


34 posted on 08/18/2009 7:51:23 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: SoonerStorm09

He should hold a concert on the mall in DC


35 posted on 08/18/2009 7:58:34 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: SoonerStorm09

Toby Keith............who cares?


36 posted on 08/18/2009 7:59:04 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: nhwingut
Heard him say in an interview back awhile ago, he is no longer a registered Dem. Changed to Independent...didn't like the way the Dem's were going and slamming the military....
37 posted on 08/18/2009 12:04:09 PM PDT by goat granny
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