The Bus Songs

The Bus Songs

by Toby KeithToby Keith


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Toby Keith began publicly using the term "Bus Songs" back in 2003, separating "The Taliban Song" and "Weed with Willie" from the proper album of Shock'n Y'All. Keith called these "Bus Songs" because they were the naughty tunes he and his band sang to each other to pass the time while on tour, and before long the line between the back of the bus and the front of the album started to blur. At times, these ribald tales would be tacked onto the end of the record, but they started to slide into the middle of a song sequence. Soon, it was difficult to discern a Bus Song from a hit single like "Red Solo Cup," so the 2017 appearance of an album dedicated to The Bus Songs doesn't feel quite as revelatory as it may have been a decade earlier. The lack of surprise with The Bus Songs is also due to how it largely comprises old songs, often consisting of previously released versions of songs released between 2003 and 2015. These five familiar recordings are balanced by new studio versions of the Bus Songs from 2006's White Trash with Money, live takes on "Get Out of My Car" and "Weed with Willie," and two brand-new songs: "Shitty Golfer" and "Wacky Tobaccy." Neither of the new tunes are any great shakes -- "Shitty Golfer" recalls Bobby Bare singing Shel Silverstein, "Wacky Tobaccy" plays its wackiness too hard -- but the new take on "Brand New Bow" has a nice soulful groove and "Hell No" shares a similar worn-in vibe. These are good grace notes on an album that winds up showcasing the craft of Keith's writing and the skill of his singing. What's remarkable is that The Bus Songs doesn't feel markedly sillier than a typical Keith record, and that's because of the heartache and wry observations on the margins of the songs, elements that give these purported novelties soul. Maybe The Bus Songs isn't quite as consistent as it could've been, but by this point that's expected from Keith. Instead, it's as messy and complex as any of his post-White Trash with Money records, and it's every bit as enjoyable too.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2017
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0752830445413
catalogNumber: 44541
Rank: 170985

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Chuck Goff   Bass
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Roger Guth   Drums
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Jim Mayer   Bass
Chris McHugh   Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Banjo
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Scotty Emerick   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Finger Snapping
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Mica Roberts   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Pinson   Background Vocals
Miles McPherson   Drums
Rich Eckhardt   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Roman Dudok   Saxophone
Hogliners   Background Vocals
Jay Jennings   Trumpet
Rex Mauney   Piano,Background Vocals
Josh Bertrand   Pedal Steel Guitar
Joey Floyd   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Carl Murr   Trombone
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Judge   Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
David Santos   Bass
Dave Cohen   Piano,Accordion,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Dave McAfee   Drums

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Mills Logan   Programming,Engineer,overdub engineer
Mac McAnally   Producer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Group
Lucy Pinson   Vocal Group
Keith Brogdon   Art Direction
Bud Fox   Executive Producer
TKokies   Vocal Group

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