Toby Keith has been having trouble getting to the top ten on the country singles charts the last few years.
He’s been such a staple of the charts for the last twenty years that’s it’s kind of sad to see him missing out on the top of the charts. I guess it always goes like that in country music, but I really think that Toby will come back strong with something.
In the meantime, I wanted to go back to the Hope On The Rocks album for a great album cut.
You Ain’t Alone – Toby Keith
Toby Keith had had a few songwriting partners over the years. I’m sure he’s written with a lot of people, but only a handful have really be successful. Toby will actually write entire albums with a single other writer or mostly with a single other writer.
During the early and mid ’00s that writer was Scotty Emerick. I think the two made some great music together and this track showed up on the album and I think it’s one of the forgotten good tracks from the last couple years.
The song is about a guy that’s alone. I think he’s dealing with the loss of a woman. He’s wondering if she’s alone like him. It’s kind of a sad and dark song. It reminds me of Who’s That Man, which was a smash hit for Toby in the ’90s.
I don’t know if Toby and Scotty are still writing together or if Toby pulled this one from the archives, but it’s a really cool song. You don’t hear songs like this too often anymore, but I think it had the feel of a hit.
What do you think?
CML Points: 84/100