Once news began circulating that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a gunfight at his safe-house outside Islamabad, it wasn't long before America's cultural taste-makers got to work.
News anchors got their makeup on. Pundits nuanced. Poets cried. But, like they did almost 10 years ago, in the deepest pit of our nation's tragedy, pop country artists got to work.
Sure, Nashville had plenty to say about 9/11. Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" and Ray Stevens' meditative "Osama (Yo' Mama)" all tapped into some strain of the national consciousness. But it's Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" that we all remember best, for immediately capturing the American spirit in those first few months of the War on Terror, as we marched forward, heads held high, boots ready for all the terrorist ass out there to kick.
So maybe it's no surprise that just hours after the New York Times published its lengthy bin Laden obituary, we've learned that Keith has penned, recorded and decided to release a send-off of his own -- a new full-length called Three Shots of Whiskey and One To the Head.
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With Keith's trademark blend of hard-livin', guts-and-ammo straight talk and political sensibilities, he nails the national mood yet again as we celebrate our biggest win yet against al Qaeda. You may never know what it's like to be an elite Navy SEAL on the biggest covert op of your life, but, with Keith cranked high on your truck stereo, even a drive to Kroger is gonna make you feel like a badass today.
Tracks on Keith's new album include:
1. Three Shots of Whiskey and One To the Head
2. Abbottabad Asses
3. Obama Dun Got 'Im (Osama Bin Laden)
4. Pound Yer Compound
5. Even a Democrat Can Kick A Little Ass
6. 72 Biker Chicks Waitin' On Me Back Home
7. Opening Up a Can in Pakistan
8. Whose Boot Is That Up Yer Ass? America's.
9. Yer Next Gaddafi
10. Palin Woulda Done It Herself
Plus one hidden bonus track: Keith covers James McMurtry's "Where'd You Hide the Body?"