Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Toby Keith 

With Blake Shelton and Junior Brown. Thursday, September 18, at Blossom.

Toby Keith
  • Toby Keith
Look, we're as patriotic as the next guy (unless the next guy happens to be, say, Lee Greenwood), but we're pretty sure we'll never need some 10-10-220 shill taking a break from telling us exactly how much a buck is worth to deliver his U-S-A! U-S-A! fight song. Which is exactly how Toby Keith kicks off his latest disc, via the song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." And to be honest, it's much more offensive than Steve Earle's "John Walker's Blues" (written from the perspective of U.S. hip-hop-fan-turned-Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh) could ever hope to be.

"Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage," Keith sings. "This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage/And you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A./'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass/It's the American way." And that's just a taste. The song is so completely over the top, it's almost obscene. Even worse, Keith later drags Willie Nelson down with him, on their duet "Beer for My Horses." Apparently, the best way to battle the Axis of Evil is to get shit-hammered on the tailgate of your truck.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Zac Crain

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation