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White Trash with Money

White Trash with Money

4.9 13
by Toby Keith
Leaving behind the chest-thumping jingoism of Shock'n Y'all with the frat-boy nihilism of Honkytonk University, Toby Keith kicks back on White Trash with Money, devoting his energies to limning the lives of "average people in an everyday bar," as he sings on "Get Drunk and Be Somebody." In addition to the new lyrical focus, he tries on some new


Leaving behind the chest-thumping jingoism of Shock'n Y'all with the frat-boy nihilism of Honkytonk University, Toby Keith kicks back on White Trash with Money, devoting his energies to limning the lives of "average people in an everyday bar," as he sings on "Get Drunk and Be Somebody." In addition to the new lyrical focus, he tries on some new styles, and pretty successfully -- three of the first five songs boast strings of an elegance that would do Nelson Riddle proud. The aforementioned "Get Drunk…" features a rousing southern soul horn section goosing along the bump 'n' grind. The infectious mid-tempo shuffle "Runnin' Block" sports a tasty Tex-Mex savor, thanks to an accordion line flitting around slide guitars and twangy upper strings licks. The songs, mostly by Keith alone or in partnership with Scotty Emerick, are beautifully crafted and lyrically stout. There's a love ballad built for piano and pedal steel ("Crash Here Tonight"), heartbreakers such as "A Little Too Late," and straight-ahead country-rock attacks ("Grain of Sand"). The only issue-oriented song, the somber country ballad "Ain't No Right Way," is bound to raise some hackles, though, as it takes shots at unwed mothers, abusive parents, and spineless politicians at the same time. The unfortunate album title may draw the yahoos, but the gritty slice-of-life portraits here are the stuff of thoughtful meditation, not drunken revelry.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toby Keith really is a throwback to a different time, a time when artists came into their own after kicking around for a while, a time when the most popular artists were also restlessly creative. In other words, he hearkens back to the heyday of outlaw country, when Willie and Waylon were making their own way with records that sounded different each time out, a claim that certainly can be made with every record Keith released in the 2000s. With White Trash with Money, he tops himself, delivering not only his fifth excellent album in a row, but his riskiest, richest record yet. For this, his tenth studio album, Keith teams up with country renegade singer/songwriter Lari White, an underappreciated country singer/songwriter who made a shift toward country-soul on her 2004 album Green Eyed Soul. It's an unusual choice in many respects. First, it's a surprise that Keith has parted ways with producer James Stroud, who has been co-producing his records since 1997's Dream Walkin', but it's also a surprise because White isn't known for her productions, and her albums don't necessarily seem like kindred spirits with the swaggering, macho Keith. But surprises can sometimes be exactly right, and White Trash with Money is pretty damn near perfect, a testament to Keith's often underappreciated versatility and his songwriting skill. White eases Keith into new sonic territory, somewhat related to Green Eyed Soul but never far removed from the loose-limbed neo-outlaw country Keith has been mining since the turn of the millennium. By working with White, Keith has added just enough new colors to his palette to let listeners truly appreciate the range in his music. That slight yet significant shift in tone is immediately evident, as the album kicks off with the rowdy, horn-driven "Get Drunk and Be Somebody." With its soulful strut, it recalls White's work, but the album shift gears before it can get pigeonholed, with "A Little Too Late" recalling both lush Nashville country-pop productions and Dwight Yoakam's classicist spin on the same sound, and "Can't Buy You Money" bringing to mind a straight-ahead version of Bobbie Joe Gentry's neo-gothic masterpiece "An Ode to Billie Joe." Soon, the changes in mood settle down, and a spare, muscular version of Keith's country dominates the album, but the music is more robust than it was even on Honkytonk University; there are little flourishes, from soulful organs and guitars, that make these songs full-bodied. This variety brings life to what very well may be Keith's best set of songs. Like Honkytonk University, White Trash with Money lacks the ornery patriotism of the post-9/11 work that brought him fame and it keeps the focus on the basics: love, drinking, heartbreak, forgotten anniversaries, tequila, family, and happiness. Keith's humor is out in full force, and not just on the three new "Bus Session" songs that conclude the record. He's loose and limber, bringing a big heart to these tunes, and to the album as a whole. This is an addictive record, enveloping in its sound and memorable in its songs, and it's proof positive that there has been no other country artist as risky, rich, or consistent as Toby Keith this decade.
The exquisitely produced "It's a Little Too Late" is among the best-sounding tracks Keith has ever laid down, and the swampy "Can't Buy You Money" practically oozes out of the speakers. Ray Waddell

Product Details

Release Date:
Show Dog Nashville


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist
Phil Madeira   Dobro,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Slide Guitar
Lari White   Kazoo,Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Shannon Forrest   Drums,Background Vocals,Box
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar
Jim Horn   Tenor Saxophone
John Jarvis   Piano,Background Vocals
Randy Leago   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass,Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Glen Caruba   Percussion
Tim Akers   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Chris Carmichael   Fiddle
Scotty Emerick   Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Jarrod Emerick   Background Vocals
George Del Barrio   Conductor

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lari White   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Chuck Cannon   Engineer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Peter Doell   Engineer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Wayne Killius   drum programming
Mills Logan   Engineer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Wayne Brezinka   Art Direction
Adam Hatley   Engineer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Darren Welch   Art Direction
George Del Barrio   Orchestral Arrangements

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White Trash with Money 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has everything a Toby fan could ever want - great upbeat songs, romantic ballads, and fun bus songs. Toby's voice is really strong and sounds great. You definately have to buy this album. It is outstanding! TKIFC-sweetdonna53
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toby Keith (The Big Dawg) delivers a top notch collection with "White Trash With Money." The Big Dawg has a good mix of tracks on this CD. "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" is one of my favorites with its catchy tune. For those who don't drink or don't want to sing about getting drunk, you can simply change the words to "just get a life and be somebody." It's a song that makes you feel better because the message is a good one...rather than let people get you down to where you're feeling like a nobody, get motivated and do something to make you feel good about yourself! Singing along with this tune will make you feel better, especially since we all look forward to the weekends! Another great song here is "Note To Self" which should be the national anthem for all the guys who forget that special loved one's birthday, anniversary or special day....look out or you may get home to find she's gone. Hey guys, "Don't forget the roses," or you'll be "skatin' on thin ice!" There's a neat thing going on here with the melody...I love it! I love the melody and play on words in "A Little Too Late." I'm sure we have all used the phrase "water under the bridge." "Too Far This Time" is another great tune! Maybe if the guy had written a note to himself to help him remember those special days or shown his woman he loved her, he could have saved her from going a little too far over the line. I also love "Crash Here Tonight," which makes me close my eyes and hum along. Toby's vocals shine on this pretty ballad. The same goes for "Grain of Salt." "Brand New Bow" is a pretty cool tune with a great mix of instruments. The guy is wanting to do it up right this time, by not forgetting his girl's birthday. Kudos! And, in "Hell No" the guy is in trouble again because he's forgotten the anniversary two years in a row. His wife just blew his dreams of an enchanted evening after it slipped his mind again and she rebuffed his attempts to make it right with a dozen roses. Another lesson learned guys...write that note to self and start paying more attention to that woman who you think is yours or you just may look up one day and find it's too late. I love the lyrics on "Ain't No Right Way." No matter who you are you can do the wrong thing without even knowing. "Runnin' Block" has been causing a little controversy, but it's funny and should not be taken too seriously. The thing that came to mind when I first heard this song was the video "As Good As I Once Was" featuring the twin sister with the missing teeth. Overall, this is a must have CD for all you country music fans. It stacks up with The Big Dawg's other recordings and I give it ten plus stars out of ten!!!! Let's "rope that cowboy" and keep him in the country, where we love to hear him sing those pretty ballads. "TKIFC" RMHAND
Guest More than 1 year ago
White Trash With Money is a CD that must be added to your music collection. The songs are written well and performed even better! I am loving this CD and know you will too. "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" is a song that will be heard in bars for years to come! "A Little Too Late" has an older music tone to it, it is refreshing to hear and is one of my favorites on the album. "Crash Here Tonight" is the love song Tobys fans have been waiting to hear. Really all the songs are very good! Oh and don't forget Toby added 3 bus songs to this CD...and they all are funny ~ "Hell No" is my favorite and I hope it will be released onto the airwaves. Go today and buy this CD you won't be disappointed! :)Jenksgirl TKIFC
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Toby's music this CD is a must. I love ever song on this CD including the Bus Songs. Gotta love Toby's humor. Love White Trash With Money. Go gettcha one. TKIFC Tobyfan67
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toby Keith's latest album, White Trash with Money, is the first release from his new label, Show Dog Nashville and he starts things off right. Produced by Lari White, all the songs on the disc were either written by Keith or by Keith in collaboration with Scotty Emerick and Dean Dillon. Having taken creative control over his music has let Keith explore a sound which is a little more raw than we have heard in the past. From the rowdy "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" to the long awaited ballad, "Crash Here Tonight", Toby Keith does not disappoint his fans. Show Dog Nashville's slogan is "The Only Thing We Take Seriously Is The Music" and this is great music. TKIFC-ToledoTobyFan
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to this cd none stop from the moment I recieved it in the mail...it is wonderful...had to go buy another on for my car....His writting and the range of his voice just keep getting better and better...Thanks Toby...you did it again...another WINNER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
White Trash With Money is classic Toby! This is a great CD and is most surely Toby at his finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toby Keith – Few hear the name without some sort of gut reaction. For some it is a feeling of patriotism, for some a yearning for a drink….and for some, like myself, the name Toby Keith means purity to self. White Trash with Money is a tribute to Toby Keith being true to himself. It is his debut album on his very own label, Showdog Records. Toby is a man who has outgrown the Nashville music “machine” and needs the room to flex those gorgeous muscles, incredible vocal chords, and enormous heart. Toby has said that most record deals last a career and a day….well Toby has gone beyond and shown that he is one of the premier country music artists of all time. With his long time writing partner Scotty Emerick, a lyrical giant in his own right, and Dean Dillon, as well as producer Lari White ,Toby has delivered his best album to date, leaving his warrior fans joining him in proclaiming a loud “How do you like us now!” This album is as multidimensional as Toby himself, and truly has something for everyone. From the raucous Get Drunk and Be Somebody to the raw tenderness of Crash Here Tonight, this album takes the listener on a journey of emotions and moods similar to those of the Big Dawg himself. Toby shares himself with the world and lays it all out there, the good (Crash Here Tonight, A Little Too Late), the bad (Get Drunk and be somebody) and the ugly (Running Block). The ethical and moral (Ain’t no Right Way) and the playful (Grain of Salt, Can’t Buy you Money). The listener will laugh, cry, dance and ponder, and though we will all have these reactions at different times in the album, most will feel them all at some time during its play. Toby puts us thru our paces, while going thru them himself. He is the pentultimate entertainer and just one heck of a guy. He makes us all stronger thru his conviction and presence and forces us to see ourselves as we truly are, and how we can truly be. Few entertainers challenge us like this big imposing giant of a man. TKIF bigdawglover
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toby has produced another great cd! He'll get you on your feet dancing and singing along to the upbeat "Get Drunk and Be somebody" and then swoon you into swaying with "A Little too Late". He makes you stop and think in "Ain't no Right Way". He's included a few bussongs on the cd, which he has explained as "Songs that weren't meant for the public," which may seem a little risky to put on a cd. All in all, the cd is one of his best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not one to adhere to any type of mold, Toby Keith launches his own record label, "Show Dog Nashville" and continues to make music his fans can make some noise to. Never boring, never complacent, with WTWM Keith offers up a little something to quench any Toby taste. His first single "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" offers up some good ole country defiance, showing us the Toby-tude his fans have come to love and expect from Keith. Toby and writing partner Scotty Emerick, who on past releases have shown their flair for writing catchy, clever lyrics with songs like "Whiskey Girl", "Losing My Touch" and "As Good As I Once Was" are at it again. "Can't Buy You Money" "Grain of Salt" and "I Ain't Already There" (with Dean Dillon) once again show why Toby continues to reign supreme on country radio, and will for a very long time. His fans already know Toby has the finest set of pipes in the business, but without great songs, nobody would get to hear him. Once again this cd includes several "bus songs", so bring along your sense of humor. WTWM includes songs that span a wide variety, from country to southern rock to blues and honkytonk, and yes even a couple love songs. With this release Toby has added 12 excellent songs to the masterpiece of music he's painting. Am I a fan? You betcha... and if you're on the fence, jump down and join the millions of us who are, it's just too bad you ain't already there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
White Trash With Money is Toby's Best Work Yet!-TKIFC-CoolCntryGal's Review I have been a Toby Keith Warrior for 6 years now, I have all his albums but this album is Toby's best work to date. This one is all Toby and it shows. My Favorite Track is Crash Here Tonight. Toby is the best in the business when it comes to love songs and he nails all of these right on. 1. Get Drunk and Be Somebody-This song is a sticker it stays with you long after it is done playing. 2. A Little Too Late-A great ballad with awesome lyrics. 3. Can’t Buy You Money-This one describes my life to a tee. But I am Happy and that is all that matters to me. 4. Crash Here Tonight-This is my favorite and Toby's best and most powerful ballad yet. 5. Grain Of Salt-A great leaving song. 6. I Ain’t Already There-I am there Toby, this one is awesome. 7. Note To Self-This one a sad goodbye song that is awesome. 8. Too Far This Time-A very powerful and heart wrenching song. 9. Ain’t No Right Way-Another awesome ballad. 10. Brand New Bow (bus song)-Fun romantic song with a great tune. 11. Hell No (bus song)-Another fun song with a great tune. 12. Runnin’ Block (bus song)-This one has gotten alot of controversy already but I think it is a fun lighthearted tune and I think that it should be listened to with an open mind about just having fun because that is what Toby likes to do with his music have fun with it. If you take this one seriously your taking music too seriously. Thanks Toby for another awesome album and for sticking to your guns. You Rock! Submitted by Toby's Warrior-TKIFC-CoolCntryGal
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