Toby Keith Talks Wanting To “Make A Party” Of ‘Red Solo Cup’
Toby Keith changed the way people party back in 2011 with the release of his track “Red Solo Cup.” It was one of those song he says “nobody wanted” and “everybody’s afraid to cut.”
We pulled out our red solo cups while Keith guest hosted Shawn Parr’s Backstage Country this week and got right into it with the country legend himself. Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” which is featured on his fifteenth studio album, Clancy’s Tavern, was co-written by the Beavers brothers, Brett and Jim, and the Warren brothers, Brad and Brett.
“They were having a lot of success playing it out in clubs. They pitched this to everybody, all their friends. No one would touch it. They called me. The second I put it on hold, I said, I’ll do it. Make a big party out of it. And then everybody started calling back,” Keith told Shawn Parr. He continued, “So of course, I brought in Roger Clemens and Larry Bird and Carrot Top and Lance Burton and all the celebrities in it to do something with a red solo cup for the video. We were drinking that night. We had fun with it. So if it looked like we were drunk, we were.”
Following its release, Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” not only became a country anthem but a show staple for the singer-songwriter in just a matter of weeks. Fans brought them to shows, tailgates, and just about everywhere you could think of.
“I probably had 500 text messages or emails of people, fans and friends and family going into Walmart, Target, Costco, or whatever, and taking pictures of empty shelves where the reds were all gone. It was crazy,” Keith told Parr.
Check back all week long to see more from Toby Keith on Shawn Parr’s Backstage Country. Now, have a little party for yourself and listen to “Red Solo Cup” below.