If you don’t want to let go of your playlist full of summer drinking songs, Toby Keith has you covered.
His new track, “Rum is the Reason”, channels the tropical steel drum sound a la early 2000s Kenny Chesney.
Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band supplies the groovy rhythms for this tongue-in-cheek track, in which Keith describes how rum has affected historical events (according to him). He co-wrote the track with longtime writing partner Scotty Emerick, which mentions the questionable drinking habits of figures like Davy Crockett and Pancho Villa.
Keith moves into somewhat questionable territory as he jokes about some less-than-respectable former world leaders. “While Russia was brawling, I bet that old Stalin was calling for a vodka martini,” Keith sings. “While the world waited in fear, old Hitler drank beer from a stein, eating sauerkraut and weenies.”
Although Keith’s gusty humor has worked in some of his previous singles, like “As Good as I Once Was”, this one seems to miss the mark a little. Still, it’s a track that most longtime Keith fans will enjoy, especially if they happen to have a cold drink in their hands.
“Rum is the Reason” is Keith’s third single off 35 MPH Town, which is set for release Oct. 9.