Toby Keith is "about half done" with his next album, "American Ride," which he plans to release this fall. But the album's title track first single is already taking its ride onto country radio and up the charts.
"I've only ever done, like, four or five songs in 16 albums that I didn't write, and this one sounds like I wrote it," Keith tells Billboard.com about of "American Ride," which was penned by Joe West and Dave Pahanish and was called "American Life" when it was submitted to him. The song, which debuted at No. 38 on the Hot Country Songs chart, "makes fun of all the wackiness that goes on in this country" and gives Keith a chance to approach his own status as "a political lightning rod" with some levity.
"They sent it to me to listen to and said 'You're the only guy in the world that could get away with cutting it.' I held it for about a year; it was so different I thought I'd be tired of it. I just left it on my iPod and kept listening to it, and it never got old."