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Editors’ Notes

Toby Keith’s sophomore effort is a concept album loosely designed around the fictional “boomtown” of the album’s title. In the title song, Keith describes a township bolstered by oil money, then abandoned: “Now the cafe's filled with people tellin' lies / Trying to figure out how the town went dry / You can buy a house a dime on the dollar / Need a good home just give me a holler / I can move you in with no money down / Still tryin' to make a dollar here livin' in a boomtown.” This backdrop allows Keith to explore the dreams and disappointments of a cast of blue collar Americans. “Big Ol’ Truck” and “Upstairs, Downstairs” show strong female protagonists, fueled by optimism and self-assurance. Regardless, the predominant motif of Boomtown is the desperate, often clandestine affairs into which the residents of this fictional community are pulled when their chips are down. “Who’s That Man,” “Victoria’s Secret” and “No Honor Among Thieves” portray a web of illicit relationships, all born of the unhappiness and desperation of the town’s denizens.

Customer Reviews


i just wrote this review cuz i never wrote one before

A great album

Great album by Toby. My favorite songs are Who's That Man and Upstairs Downtown.

Love it!

One of my favorite CD's of all time even after all these years


Born: July 8, 1961 in Clinton, OK

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Toby Keith spent the '90s as a solid, workmanlike country star who met with considerable chart success, yet never quite broke free of the neo-traditionalist pack to become a household name like Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson. That all changed in 2002 when he recorded "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," a response to September 11 that became one of country's most highly charged political statements since Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee." The media furor ensured that even...
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