There was a whole lot of testosterone on the stage of Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena when Toby Keith brought Trace Adkins along for his America’s Toughest Tour. It was interesting how differently the two rowdy guys of country handled it.
A tribute to the 9/11 tragedy
Once the dust settled in New York City after the Twin Towers came crashing down and the tears stopped for just a moment, the Americans got mad.
Just one week after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Toby Keith sat down a set of fiery words that would come together to form the patriotic anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American).”
This song needed no formal songwriting sessions or label meetings. Keith is said to have written the song in just 20 minutes. In a CBS interview in 2003, Keith explained how the song came to fruition after playing the song for a group at the Pentagon.
The Angry American (Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue)
Keith wrote this shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He wrote the song based on what he thought his father’s thoughts on the terrorist attacks would have been. Keith’s father was a veteran and a patriot.
This song established Toby Keith as an unwavering supporter of the American armed forces and a staunch supporter of the Bush administration. Those who didn’t share Keith’s views felt that this song perpetuated a view of Americans as simple-minded thugs, particularly with the lyrics,
“We’ll put a boot in your ass, and it’s the American way.”
Toby Keith voiced that he wrote this song in just 20 minutes, a week after 9/11. His intention was to play it for troops on USO tours but not to be part of a commercial release. However, after playing it for Pentagon brass in Washington, the Marine Corps commandant said, according to Keith:
“You have to release it. You can serve your country in other ways besides suiting up in combat.”
Here’s the historic duet of Trace Adkins and Toby Keith for Angry American(Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue).