Available now here, Toby Keith's Happy Birthday America Playlist opens with the song from his latest album, Peso In My Pocket. Among several of his own appropriately themed songs are many more by artists ranging from Merle Haggard and James Brown to Jason Aldean and Keith Urban. Concurrently, Keith's combustible post-9/11 anthem "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" gets a new lyric video treatment with patriotic moments from Keith’s recent live shows as well as his overseas visits with troops during his 11 USO tours. The video was released by Universal Music Enterprise (Ume) today Friday, July 1.
Like many of his songs – not to mention his politics – "Happy Birthday America" cuts both ways. In a time of deep societal division, the song is – in its own way – an anthem as well. The timing coincides with the 20th anniversary of "Courtesy" reaching No. 1 on Billboard (7/20/02). Also, next month marks the 20th anniversary of his album Unleashed debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Country and Billboard 200 music charts.
Recently, Keith raised another $1.38 million at his annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic to benefit OK Kids Korral, the cost-free home for families of children being treated at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. And his latest single, "Oklahoma Breakdown," will re-ship to country radio later this month.