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Country Music Songs Inspired by September 11, 2001

As we remember the tragic events that took place 20 years ago today, we remember the lives lost, as well as those families that were forever changed. In the wake of September 11th, 2001 as the country came together to mourn and lift each other up, country artists contributed to the healing by releasing songs that will forever honor the heroes in remembrance of that day.

 

 

Alan Jackson: “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)

Darryl Worley: “Have You Forgotten?”

Aaron Tippin: “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”

Brooks & Dunn: “Only In America”

Eagles: “Hole In The World”

Lonestar: “I’m Already There”

 

Don’t miss this touching tribute from Cole Swindell performing his hit single, “You Should Be Here” in front of One World Trade Center honoring the heroes of 9/11…

Brantley Gilbert, Toby Keith, HARDY: “The Worst Country Song Of All Time”

Brantley Gilbert joins forces with Toby Keith and HARDY on “The Worst Country Song Of All Time,” available now, June 18th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

There are few things better than a star-studded collaboration in country music. Social media blew up when fans found out that Brantley Gilbert was going to join forces with the legendary Toby Keith and one of our favorite rising stars, HARDY. The three extremely talented men officially dropped a song today that they never thought they actually would. “The Worst Country Song Of All Time” is officially out.

The idea all started when HARDY threw out the title at a write with co-writers Gilbert, Hunter Phelps, and Will Weatherly. Although all the men took it as a joke, they started throwing out line after line. Eventually, a song formed. “We were listening to the demo after we finished it, and I said to HARDY, “Man, if we get a wild hair and decide we’re actually going to cut this, would you be cool with cutting it with me?,” Gilbert shares of his collaborator in a recent press release. “I’ll never forget, he looked at me and he said, ‘Absolutely.’”

“I hate beer and honky-tonk women // And I don’t eat deer and I can’t stand fishing // I don’t know the words to Family Tradition // Folsom Prison or Walk The Line // And I think sweet tea is overrated // And all dirt roads were made for paving // Yeah this is the worst country song of all time”

Clearly, the men had something, when they received a seal of approval from Toby Keith, who is also featured on the track. “The Worst Country Song Of All Time” is one of those songs that only these trio of guys could actually release. It pokes fun at all the stereotypical ‘country boy’ things and flips it on its head. With some killer one-liners and a catchy beat, the song is a bop for sure!

We hope this collaboration will lead to even more collaboration between the talented men. Until then, make sure you jam to this one!

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Brantley Gilbert joins forces with Toby Keith and HARDY on new song, “The Worst Country Song Of All Time”, available now, June 18th

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To keep up with Brantley Gilbert, follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

To keep up with Toby Keith follow him on  Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

To keep up with HARDY follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“The Worst Country Song Of All Time” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Throwback Thursday – 10 Toby Keith Songs You May Have Forgotten

 By Michal Pietrzak

 

Toby Keith is many things, he’s a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, patriot, and a great entertainer. He’s released 19 studio albums, 200+ songs. Like life, his songs vary from love records, through sad and funny to beer drinking and partying tracks.

Keith recently announced his 2020 tour called Country Comes To Town which starts in late March and ends in early September.

He’s given us many great and well-known songs like “Red Solo Cup”, “American Soldier” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, “As Good As I Once Was”, “How Do You Like Me Now” and many more but do you remember songs like “Victoria’s Secret” (you might), “New Orleans”, “Just The Guy To Do It” or “Mama Come Quick”? Let’s take a look back at some of his lesser-known tracks.

10. “Mama Come Quick”  – No matter how old you are, when things go wrong you always turn to mom for help, advice or words of understanding. Parents are the only people who love you unconditionally. This is a perfect song for Mother’s Day. “Mama come quick I think I fell/ And hurt myself again/ Mama come quick you know too well/ How much I still depend on you”

9. “New Orleans” – Life writes the best lyrics and this record proves it. It isn’t just a song it’s four verse story about love with a happy ending. Life isn’t always easy, sometimes you have to cut yourself off from troubled past, move on and find happiness. A little act of kindness can alter your whole world and make you feel better. “She was obviously lost but too afraid to ask directions/ So he offered her a smile and a stick of Beech-Nut gum/ He said where you headed to girl, where are you coming from/ She said/ New Orleans but that’s another story/ New Orleans that’s another time/ That’s another town, That’s another life”

8. “Life Was a Play (The World a Stage)” – Live life to the fullest, party hard and be careless, sounds like most of the teenager’s motto. What’s Toby Keith’s advice? “Thought breakin’ rules was bein’ cool/ It’s clear to me now I was a fool/ I still make a mistake or two/ Looking back on my younger days/ Life was a play and the world a stage”

7. “She’s Perfect” – Everyone makes mistakes, some of them are harmless, some of them may be heartwrenching. From time to time even unintentionally you might be the cause of another’s sadness. “It might appear to you she’s broken/ By the teardrops in her eyes/ But there’s nothing wrong with her, she’s perfect/ I’m the one who made her cry/ There’s nothing wrong with her, she’s perfect”

6. “Ain’t No Right Way” – One of the most thought-provoking Toby Keith songs, it’s about morality, making difficult choices, the thin line between right and wrong. It really makes you wonder what would you do in situations described in the song. “There is no right way/ To do the wrong thing/ You can justify/ But it is still black and white/ Paint in any shade/ But it would not change/ There is no right way/ To do the wrong thing”

5. “Victoria’s Secret” – No, it’s not a song about Victoria’s Secret Angels, it’s a lot deeper than that. Being appreciated and loved by your partner helps you make it through the day. When you aren’t, you might seek consolation in someone else’s arm. That why only Toby knows Victoria’s secret. “Seems she’s always and the run/ And she gets so lonely it tears her in two/ That’s when she does what a woman must do/ And I’m the only one who knows Victoria’s secret”

4. “Haggard, Hank, and Her” – Being torn apart between love is not so unusual. Someone can make you miserable and hurt but a tiny part of you still loves that person. “Nobody thrills me/ Nobody chills me/ Nobody kills me/ Like Haggard, Hank and her”

3. “Last Living Cowboy” – Positive vibes, foot-tapping rhythms, and nicely crafted lyrics make it a good country song. As you might assume it’s a story about the last true cowboy who remembers good ole days when the world was a better place. “You’ll find him down on Main Street. That’s where he likes to walk/ It’s worth the price of admission just to hear that old man talk/ He’s the last living cowboy in this town.”

2. “I Know She Hung The Moon” – Having someone special is the most wonderful thing in a world. Catchy chorus will make appreciate this song. “You don’t have to tell me she’s beautiful/ You don’t have to say things like one-of-a-kind/ You don’t have to wonder if she loves me man/ I know that’s crossed your mind/ Seems like everywhere we go/ There’s always somebody staring at her/ Yeah, I know she hung the moon/ I’m the one that held the ladder”

1.“Just The Guy To Do It” – A bit funny and beautiful, definitely a great song to cheer you up. Easy-going tunes quite similar to Jimmy Buffett’s songs make it even better. When you think about it’s lyrically kinda similar to Jon Pardi’s “Tequila Little Time”. “Do blondes really have more fun?/ Or they just easier to spot in the dark?/ Girl, I’m just trying to cheer you up/ I saw you sitting over here all alone/ With a broken heart.”

Compared to 27 years in the music industry and 19 released studio albums a list of 10 songs seems like a drop in the ocean. Picking less known but still good songs was an easy task but narrowing it down to just 10 tracks was way harder.

To keep up with Toby Keith follow him on  Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Cover Photo Via Instagram and Photo Credit : @roberto_carliux

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Toby Keith Fires Up The Today Show With “That’s Country Bro”

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This morning, Toby Keith hit the stage at The Today Show’s Citi Concert Series for a live performance of his new single, “That’s Country Bro.” Live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the broadcast came on the heels of an incredible Independence Day celebration.

Keith’s music is frequently the soundtrack at backyard barbeques and 4th of July pool parties where country music reigns supreme. So, it’s no surprise that The Today Show would pick him to kick off the long weekend.

With a 25 year career that spans 19 records and over 40 million albums sold, Keith remains one of the most successful male artists in country music.

The superstar pulled out all the stops for this televised appearance. He showcased his proud patriotism and celebrated the troops by surprising a military mom with a tear-jerking video from her son overseas, then he went into the audience to thank the family for their service.

The touching moment was just another way for the singer-songwriter to give back. Since 2003, he has been working with the USO touring military bases abroad in support of the troops and their families. During the broadcast, they chat about his eleven USO Tours which have spanned over eighteen countries where he has played for over 50 thousand troops. In fact, his loyal patriotism and support of our troops are often featured prominently in his music.

He kicked off the morning with a performance of his newest single, “That’s Country Bro,” a nostalgic lesson in old school country music. It’s an ode to the artists that came before him, including mentions of Patsy Cline, Roy Acuff, and Johnny Cash. In quintessential Toby Keith style, the single features his signature raging guitars, down-home southern drawl, and plenty of fired up attitude.

The lively performance was the perfect start to a weekend where the country artist is taking his show on the road. His “That’s Country Bro” tour hits Hard Rock Live in Atlantic City tonight, July 5th and tomorrow night, July 6th at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island.

To keep up with Toby Keith, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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