Clancy's Tavern

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Clancy's Tavern
Studio album by Toby Keith
Released October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)[1]
Genre Country


Deluxe (54:34)
Label Show Dog-Universal Music
Producer Toby Keith
Toby Keith chronology
Bullets in the Gun
Clancy's Tavern
Hope on the Rocks
Singles from Clancy's Tavern
  1. "Made in America"
    Released: June 13, 2011
  2. "Red Solo Cup"
    Released: October 2011
  3. "Beers Ago"
    Released: March 12, 2012

Clancy's Tavern is the fifteenth studio album by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released on October 25, 2011 via Show Dog-Universal Music.[2] Lead-off single "Made in America" was released on June 13, 2011, reaching number one on the country charts in October 2011. Clancy's Tavern draws its name from the title track, which Keith wrote about his grandmother’s bar in Fort Smith, Arkansas.[2][3] A deluxe edition of the album includes four cover songs recorded live at a small venue in New York City.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Made in America"   Toby Keith, Bobby Pinson, Scott Reeves 3:13
2. "I Need to Hear a Country Song"   Keith, Rivers Rutherford, Bob DiPiero 3:08
3. "Clancy's Tavern"   Keith, Scotty Emerick 3:49
4. "Tryin' to Fall in Love"   Keith, Pinson 2:37
5. "Just Another Sundown"   Keith, Pinson 2:49
6. "Beers Ago"   Keith, Pinson 3:28
7. "South of You"   Keith, Eddy Raven 3:40
8. "Club Zydeco Moon"   Keith, Raven 3:14
9. "I Won't Let You Down"   Keith 5:14
10. "Red Solo Cup"   Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:46
11. "Chill-Axin'"   Keith, Emerick 3:16
Total length:



Clancy's Tavern debuted at number 5 of the US Billboard 200, and at the top of the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart. As of the chart dated January 7, 2012, the album has sold 318,000 copies in the US.[5]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (79/100)[6]
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars[7]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Billboard (favorable)[9]
The Boston Globe (positive)[10]
Entertainment Weekly B+[11]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[12]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[14]
Taste of Country 4.5/5 stars[15]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[16]

Clancy's Tavern by Toby Keith received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns an averaged rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 79, based on 6 reviews.[6]'s Robert Silva stated that "If you bought the Deluxe Edition of Clancy's Tavern, it wasn't a complete waste of money", and affirmed that "This dude rocks. And I am very confused."[7] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine took note of that when compared to Keith's previous album, Bullets in the Gun (released in 2010), Clancy's Tavern "pushes humor to the forefront and generally isn’t so insistent on driving the beat into arena country territory, letting the melodies and music relax." He continues by stating that Keith is no longer at the height of his career and that "he’s now the guy he sang about being on “As Good as I Once Was." However, toward the end of the review, Erlewine commended Keith for delivering one of his best albums in "many a moon."[8] Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times noted that "Like the corner bar, this is familiar territory for Keith and his fans, and he doesn’t seem to give a whit about stepping out of his comfort zone. That makes this an eminently dependable outing that’s strong on solidly crafted, confidently delivered songs but nearly devoid of surprises or revelations about his artistry."[12] Roughstock's Matt Bjorke found that "as almost all singers are, to entertain us, not to enlighten us but if something enlightening happens to come along, all the better but remember this: don’t expect too much from him and he wont’ let you down, which exactly what happens with Clancy’s Tavern. It’s a strong collection of songs that may be his best album in years".[13] Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe criticized "Clancy's Tavern is a fairly rote reiteration of the same album that Toby Keith has been re-recording once a year since 2005's Honkytonk University. While there's something to be said for his work ethic and relative dependability, a good-sized chunk of Clancy's Tavern feels phoned in, and Keith is simply too big a personality and too dynamic a singer to get away with something lackadaisical. It's unfortunate that the couple of brighter moments on the album happen to be counterbalanced by some genuinely gross songs that play into the worst stereotypes about both Keith and country music as a whole."[14] Taste of Country's Billy Dukes found that "'Clancy’s Tavern' is as humble a Toby Keith album as one can remember. There isn’t a moment to be found where it feels like the singer is standing over you thumping his chest. This is a welcome change of pace from a man who at age 50 shows no signs of losing touch with what’s hot."[15] Brian Mansfield of the USA Today surmised that "Other than the opening Made in America, Keith seems to have worked through the ultra-patriotic anthems and macho declarations that have been staples of his recent albums. That leaves plenty of room to sing about bars and the people who haunt them. Keith's got an affinity for the subject, whether it's a character sketch like the title track or a drinking ditty like Red Solo Cup."[16]

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2011) Peak
UK Albums Chart 148
US Billboard Top Country Albums 1
US Billboard 200 5


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2011 "Made in America"[17] 1 40
"Red Solo Cup" 9 15 27
2012 "Beers Ago" 6 52 54
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
Clear as Day by Scotty McCreery
Own the Night by Lady Antebellum
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 12, 2011
February 4, 2012
Succeeded by
Four the Record by Miranda Lambert
Emotional Traffic by Tim McGraw


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold


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  4. ^ "Toby Keith Covers Waylon Jennings, Three Dog Night on Deluxe Edition of New Album". Country Music Television. September 8, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chart News for December 28, 2011: A Country Christmas Sales Boost". Roughstock. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Metacritic (October 24, 2011). "Critic Reviews for Clancy's Tavern". CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Silva, Robert (October 25, 2011). "Toby Keith - 'Clancy's Tavern' Album Review". Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (October 25, 2011). "Clancy's Tavern - Toby Keith : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
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  11. ^ Wood, Mikael (October 25, 2011). "Clancy's Tavern review - Toby Keith review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (October 24, 2011). "Album review: Toby Keith's 'Clancy’s Tavern'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (December 7, 2011). "Album Review: Toby Keith - Clancy's Tavern". Roughstock. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (October 30, 2011). "Toby Keith: Clancy's Tavern". Slant Magazine. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (October 24, 2011). "Toby Keith, 'Clancy's Tavern' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (October 24, 2011). "Listen Up: Toby Keith, Vince Gill, more". USA Today. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
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