Guest Author - Kathy Lyngholm
“White Trash with Money”, no I’m not insulting the man, it is the title of his newest CD release. This CD is the first release on Toby Keith’s own Show Dog Nashville label.
No stranger to controversy, Toby decided to use something that happened to his daughter as the name of his newest creation. He said in an interview that Krystal “got sideways” with another girl and somewhere after the altercation Toby and his family were called “white trash with money”, well in this listeners opinion it’s Toby laughing all the way to the bank with this one! Not only has the name caused a stir but there is some difference of opinion on one of the tracks of the CD.
Runnin’ Block is a bus song written by Toby and Scotty Emerick that is stirring up plenty of debates with Toby’s fans. Some hate the song, some look at it as just a song. The problem comes in because there are a couple of lines that say “I tried to drink her skinny, but she’s still about 215” and “Son I can’t believe you caught me with this big ol’ jelly roll.” With studies showing that a majority of the US audience is overweight, is this just an insensitive song or does it fall into the category of what Toby calls “sometimes a song is just a song?” Personally, being a fan of Toby’s for years, I don’t take offense and yes I qualify as one of the overweight people in the US. There has been an outcry from a portion of his fans to boycott this CD, to write to and/or email the talk shows that he has been making appearances on to promote the new release.
The first track on White Trash with Money is a fun tune called Get Drunk and Be Somebody, which itself is causing some debate. The subject matter of the song has some people up in arms because they feel like it is encouraging people to go out and get drunk and possibly get behind the wheel. The song written by Toby and Scotty Emerick is a feel good, end of week tune that is climbing the charts fast! Who doesn’t want to cut loose at the end of the work week, as long as they are safe about it?
All of the songs on the CD have been written or co-written by Toby Keith, Scotty Emerick and Dean Dillon. If you read my review of Toby’s last CD release, I said it just didn’t sound like Toby and it sure didn’t sound like he was really enjoying the music as he was trying to get out of his contract with his former label, this CD is Toby just being Toby and having fun. I would find it hard to believe that the controversy surrounding some of the songs was totally intentional or that he was trying to alienate any of the fans that have put him where he is today. I highly suggest that you give it a listen with an open mind and don’t pick apart the songs, sometimes they are just songs, no hidden meanings intended.