Toby Keith often gets regarded as a hard-core country boy with attitude.
Yet over his career Toby has released plenty of songs with reserved emotion. With his latest single – Clancy’s Tavern – Toby looks back on the true story of his grandma and the tavern she worked hard to keep. It’s a great song. Check it out.
Clancy’s Tavern – Toby Keith
Toby Keith is one of my favorite artists. It’s songs like Clancy’s Tavern that really make him unique. Sure, Toby is known for creating brash songs like Courtesy of The Red, White, and Blue and American Ride, but beneath some of the attitude and hard singing is a country guy that’s telling stories.
Toby is a modern day storyteller. He’s going to be a great grandfather someday. He is the guy in the room you want to sit down with and listen to him tell you stories about his life and those he’s known. It’s what Toby is best at. Sure, he’s great as a singer, songwriter, and businessman, but I think Toby’s biggest talent is storytelling.
Clancy’s Tavern is the story of Toby’s own grandmother. We’ve heard about her a bit in songs like Honkytonk University and I Love This Bar. Toby has always said it was the memories of his grandma’s tavern that influenced his love for music. She’s been an inspiration for him and she’s an inspiration for anyone out there that’s working hard to make ends meet while enjoying the company at the local drinking pub.
Clancy’s Tavern moves along slow and smooth. The music is laid back in the background as Toby’s easy going voice tells the story. There is no over-singing in this song. It’s all about the story and Toby lets things go as he lets the lyrics do all the work.
Toby has always been one of the best with the details of a story. He mentions how Clancy would grab the money from the day’s take. She’d haul it off to the bank, but would bed sure to have her pistol with her as well. People are out there looking to take advantage of a woman carrying a bag of cash. It’s good to have protection.
The details of the songs and stories are always my personal favorite part. You can hear details like the pistol and the truck drivers sitting at the bar. Those are the images that get burned into your mind as you think about the song. Even if the details are specific you can still relate in your own way. You close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting at the bar of your favorite tavern. You see the faces of the other fellows in there with you. A song like Clancy’s Tavern is what makes you reflect on your own life; you own experiences.
Toby Keith is one of the best we have in country music today. He’s been one of the best for twenty years and it’s great every time he puts out new music. I think Clancy’s Tavern is going to be a multiple week number one hit.
What do you think?
Chart Estimate: #1
CML Points: 84/100