Oklahoma country music star Toby Keith announced this morning that he will release his next studio album, “Clancy’s Tavern,” in the U.S. and worldwide on Oct. 25.
The album’s lead single, “Made In America,” already has become Keith’s fastest-rising song in five years. The Norman resident penned the patriotic anthem with frequent songwriting partner Bobby Pinson.
The Billboard country songs chart has “Made in America” marked as a “Greatest Gainer,” having moved up from No. 16 to No. 13 this week. It has been on the Billboard chart for seven weeks.
“It’s not really political statement, but it’s just about a couple that raised this boy who’s in the song and it just talks about all of the ways they support their country and how patriotic they are with the way they live every day,” he told me in a recent phone interview. “They’re not prejudiced, they’re just made in America.”
Keith also released today the official music video for “Made in America.” To see it, click here.
The album takes its name from the title track, a tribute to his grandmother’s nightclub, which he famously referenced in his biographical hit “Honky Tonk U.” With its “Irish waltz” vibe, Keith told me he anticipates “Clancy’s Tavern” will be a big hit for him internationally, and he is looking forward to playing it overseas when he embarks on the second European tour of his career in October.
“We’ve only been there once, and we sold every show out, so they’re gonna expand it this time and get a few more venues on the board,” he said. “We were real excited. We didn’t know what to expect (in 2009).”
“Clancy’s Tavern” will be the follow-up to Keith’s 2010 album “Bullets in the Gun,” which debuted last October at the top of both the cross-genre Billboard 200 and the Billboard country albums charts. “Clancy’s Tavern” will be one of the most eagerly anticipated country music releases for the fall.
See a sampling of the lyrics from the closely-guarded title track after the break:
“Clancy’s Tavern” lyrics sample:
She knows all their faces, she practically raised ‘em
And that’s why they’re loyal and true
They’ll pay their tabs, and that pays the light bill
And she keeps their glass full of brew
And the welders and the drivers
And the old nine to fivers and the regular Joe’s of the world
Are singing here’s to you Clancy in my neighborhood tavern
Pour me another my girl