American Ride

American Ride

by Toby Keith



With most contemporary country artists, you could guarantee that a song called "American Ride" would be a slice of jingoism, but Toby Keith isn't like most country singers. His "American Ride" casts a cynical eye at desperate housewives and wannabe pop stars, not celebrating down-home values but wondering where we're all headed on this American Ride at the end of the 2000s, a sentiment not all that far removed form some of Keith's previous social commentary, which makes it a mild surprise that it is the only song here that doesn't come from his own pen. As superb and striking as it is, it's not necessarily a good keystone for the rest of the record, which does have a few tougher numbers that pick up on the lean, mean vibe of 2008's That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy -- "Every Dog Has Its Day," the sly "If I Had One," and the heavy blues stomp "Loaded" -- but spends more time on the softer side, even when he kicks up a bit of dust on the dancefloor on "You Can't Read My Mind" or does a funny, respectful salute to military life on "Ballad of Balad." In other words, the real touchstone for the rest of the record is "Tender as I Wanna Be," where he lets his guard down and lets the romance flow. This doesn't turn American Ride into a schizophrenic jumble, as Keith has always balanced these two extremes, but after spending a little bit more time swaggering than wooing, he's back to crooning and it's amiable and appealing, if not overwhelming.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0812080010653
catalogNumber: 27

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Catchings   Strings
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Jim Hoke   Jew's Harp
Charles Judge   Synthesizer
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Randy Scruggs   Banjo
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Gayle Mayes   Background Vocals
Angela Primm   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Arthur Thompson   Percussion

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Charles Judge   Programming
Mills Logan   Engineer
Mark Wright   Producer
Joe West   Composer
Dave Pahanish   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Graham Hope   Engineer

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American Ride 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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sparksfanCM More than 1 year ago
i love the songs especially crying for me its very touching i like seeing the soft side of him, i love american ride as well
ALLEYCATPH More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a solid CD--the music is typical Toby Keith, and for those of us who have followed him for years, there was definately no disappointment. This CD wasn't quite as edgy--a bit more mellow--but very interesting--good songs.
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