Nostalgia for a bygone era. Lamenting modern times. Small town culture. These are familiar themes in country music, and have been for decades. The new single from singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith, however, up-ends those overdone conventions with a deeply contemplative and completely unexpected vision.
Arriving at iTunes and other digital retailers April 7 and radio April 13, "35 MPH Town" was written by Keith with longtime collaborator Bobby Pinson. Laced with unqualified menace, the song points to something darker than generational hell-raising: "There's a lower higher power," Keith sings of the threats that have momma locking her door at night.
At the same time, the tune's protagonist doesn't just blame the kids. Instead, "momma" offers a stunningly confessional self-assessment. The lyrics may also be the strongest statement of faith in Keith's prodigious career.
They're going nowhere fast tonight
No matter how fast they drive
This 35 mile an hour town.
Drawn from a new album expected to be released later this year, "35 MPH Town" follows Keith's "Drunk Americans," which itself offered a social commentary on the barriers that come down when we all raise our glasses.
Both songs will be front and center May 29 in Mountain View, California at the kickoff of Toby Keith Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series.
Toby's new single "35 MPH Town" is now available on iTunes! Click here to purchase your copy today!