Toby Keith launches new song and music video with “Wacky Tobaccy”. The man whose songs have amassed more than 90 million broadcast performances is also beloved for his “bus song” album cut “Weed With Willie.” And his “Red Solo Cup” became a viral sensation long before radio took notice. Out today is “Wacky Tobaccy.”
When you feel it creeping up on you
That old Wacky Tobaccy
Kick back and let it do what it do
“Wacky Tobaccy is a slogan, a saying that’s been around forever and no one has ever put it in a song,” says Keith. “When we were working on it, somebody asked if the saying has ever been written in a song and I said, ‘no, but they will now.’ We recorded it and shot the video in Nashville. We got a cameo from Willie Nelson. We have a long-standing friendship. It’s fortunate that we got him. ‘Wacky Tobaccy’ is written to the screws, and it fits in with what we do every night with the party crowd.”
Written with longtime collaborator Scotty Emerick, “Wacky Tobaccy” is now available at all major digital music retailers and services. Toby has penned many bus songs that have frequently appear on his albums. They are crafted when he and his buddies are sitting around the bus and have fun writing something a little different. Keith loves to perform the humorous songs to military personnel on his USO Tours. Most rewarding is being able to put smiles on the faces of soldiers from all over the United States who are serving their country.
Making a guest appearance in the video for “Wacky Tobaccy” is none other than the namesake of “Weed With Willie,” Willie Nelson, who also collaborated with Keith on the song “Beer For My Horses.” “Weed With Willie,” fired up way back in 2003, is ranked on Billboard’s list of “weed anthems.” The song has more than 10 million streams, and video versions have amassed more than 15 million views. Mac McAnally and co-writter Emerick also make appearances in the “Wacky Tobaccy” video.
The release heralds more new music from Keith this year, which also sees the continuation of the Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour that opened in May with sold out dates in Oklahoma and California, and filled venues nationwide throughout 2016, too. Toby recently performed at Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard in Nashville and he took the stage at Carnegie Hall for The Cake And The Rain: A Celebration Of The Music Of Jimmy Webb in New York City where he performed Webb’s classic, “MacArthur Park.”
Kicking off this year’s leg with sold out shows in Oklahoma and California, the singer-songwriter and entertainer announced today the addition of his return to Nashville for a headlining show after a 13-year absence. The July 20 date at the Ascend Amphitheater will go on sale on Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00am. Tickets will be available at www.livenation.com or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change. All shows at the Ascend Amphitheater are Rain or Shine. For more information go to, www.livenation.com.
Last month, the Academy of Country Music announced Keith as an honoree to receive their Poet’s Award for songwriting in recognition of his outstanding and longstanding musical and lyrical contributions as a songwriter throughout his career, his songs’ impact on the culture of country music. Also receiving the award this year are Willie Nelson and the late Shel Silverstein.
And the Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee’s 14th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, to benefit the Toby Keith Foundation and its work with OK Kids Korral (a cost-free home away from home for sick children and their families seeking treatment in Oklahoma City), just raised $1.6 million, a record-breaking amount of funds for a single event in the Foundation’s history.