35 Mph Town

35 Mph Town

by Toby KeithToby Keith


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"Drunk Americans," the first single from Toby Keith's 18th studio album, appeared in October 2014 but the accompanying 35 MPH Town didn't show up until a year later. Despite its alcoholic title -- something of a tradition for Keith in the new millennium, where all seven singles subsequent to 2011's "Red Solo Cup" bar one have booze on the brain -- "Drunk Americans" did suggest Keith was looking to break away from the slight electronic sheen of 2013's Drinks After Work, as it was the work of songwriters Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Bob DiPiero, a trio who represented a post-bro country vanguard. Perhaps if it had risen into the Country Top 20, more of 35 MPH Town would've been aligned with this new Nashville, but as it panned out, Keith went back to the tried and true, crafting songs that fall within his wheelhouse. At the edges, there are some signs of experimentation: "Rum Is the Reason" follows the cadences of Zac Brown Band's breezy classic "Toes" (the lord of the beach himself, Jimmy Buffett, shows up on "Sailboat for Sale"), "10 Foot Pole" bounces along to horns so compressed they sound synthesized, and the closing "Beautiful Stranger" veers close to adult contemporary. All of this is flair on another reliable record, one where the ballads "What She Left Behind" and "Haggard, Hank & Her" just edge out the livelier "Good Gets Here" and "Every Time I Drink I Fall in Love," songs that serve as welcome showcases for his sly humor. Moments like these -- moments when it feels as if Keith still likes laying back and kicking a few tunes out -- are what make 35 MPH Town worth a spin.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2015
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0850692006190
catalogNumber: 002281902
Rank: 167259

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Roger Guth   Drums
Jim Hoke   Accordion
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Mills Logan   Percussion
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Jim Mayer   Bass
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Mandolin
Charles Dixon   Violin
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Tim Lauer   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Fred Eltringham   Drums
Rivers Rutherford   Acoustic Guitar
Scotty Emerick   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
John Deaderick   Piano,Accordion
Mica Roberts   Background Vocals
Rachel Loy   Bass
Elizabeth Lamb   Viola
Eamon McLoughlin   Fiddle
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Jim Larson   Viola
Roman Dudok   Saxophone
Jay Jennings   Trumpet
Carl Murr   Trombone
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Piano
Emily Nelson   Cello
Russ Paul   Steel Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Paige Logan   Background Vocals
Adrienne Harmon   Violin
Carolyn Bailey   Violin

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Mac McAnally   Producer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Susannah Parrish   Art Direction
Bobby Pinson   Composer,Producer
Brandy Clark   Composer
Charlie Judge   String Arrangements,String Conductor

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