Remember When Jimmy Buffett And Toby Keith Teamed Up For “Too Drunk To Karaoke”?

In the summer of 2013, Buffett and Keith teamed up on a comedic tune called “Too Drunk To Karaoke.”

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Posted on September 28, 2023

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Toby Keith, Jimmy Buffett; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

Throughout their careers, two of country music’s most relaxed and fun-loving artists have been the late Jimmy Buffett and Toby Keith. So when the two stars came together to duet on a good-time drinking song, parrot heads and Keith warriors everywhere couldn’t have been more delighted to take a listen.

“Too Drunk To Karaoke”

In the summer of 2013, Buffett and Keith teamed up on a comedic tune called “Too Drunk To Karaoke.” The track served as the first single from Buffett’s twenty-seventh studio album, Songs from St. Somewhere, which he released via Mailboat Records on August 20, 2013.

The music video for “Too Drunk to Karaoke” brought the spirit of the track to life even more with Buffett and Keith starring together for what appears as an epic party-themed night. Filmed in Nashville, Tenn., at the iconic neighborhood watering hole, Santa’s Pub, the two country icons pull up in a bus as Keith hesitantly says to Buffett, “I don’t know about this. Are you sure?”

“They said it was the best place in town,” Buffett replies as the entertainers begin to make their way into the joint with the assistance of another patron.

Released A Music Video

Once inside, things turn wild, with Buffett and Keith having a blast, hanging out with the party crowd. They begin to pour margaritas into red solo cups, catch the late-night karaoke goers, and take turns singing the lyrics of their catchy, upbeat song.  

Well, the place got rocking, temptation was strong / All the pretty girls kept a eggin’ me on / Well, I shoulda kept my flip flops glued to the chair / But no I jumped right up and slicked back my hair,” they trade off lyrics before heading into short and sweet sing-along chorus. “Too drunk to karaoke / Too drunk to karaoke.

Toby Keith, Jimmy Buffett; Photo Courtesy of YouTube
Toby Keith, Jimmy Buffett; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

Along with “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” other highlights on Buffett’s Songs from St. Somewhere album include “Einstein was a Surfer” “Rue de la Guitare” and more. The project, which features 15 songs, was recorded in various locations, including Key West, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Austin, Miami, St. Barts, and London.

Jimmy Buffett Died At 76 In September 2023

Buffett, known best for his hit “Margaritaville,” passed away on Sept. 1, 2023, following a four-year battle with Merkel Cell Skin Cancer. He was 76.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1, surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs. He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many,” a statement reads on Buffett’s official website.

As with many other artists and entertainers, Keith didn’t hesitate to take to social media to pay tribute to his longtime buddy.

On Instagram, he captioned the words: “The pirate has passed. RIP Jimmy Buffett. Tremendous influence on so many of us – T.”

Toby Keith and Jimmy Buffett Have A Longstanding Friendship

Alongside the heartfelt message, Keith shared side-by-side photos featuring him sharing memories with Buffett.

According to Country Rebel, Keith and Buffett have had a long-standing friendship. So much so that Buffett almost released Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” before it ever became a hit. 

“It’s kind of a funny story, actually,” Keith said. “I’d tried to rope Jimmy into doing ‘Red Solo Cup’ with me, and he passed. He said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’”

Although Buffett declined Keith’s offer to sing “Red Solo Cup,” the two did join forces on “Sailboat For Sale,” which appears on Keith’s 35 MPH Town album.

Keith, who has dealt with some health issues of his own (he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2021), has been pursuing country music despite his diagnosis. He recently announced his next studio album called 100% Songwriter. 

100% Songwriter will drop on Nov. 3.

Toby Keith '100% Songwriter' Album Art
Toby Keith ‘100% Songwriter’ Album Art

Toby Keith’s 100% Songwriter Track List

1. Should’ve Been A Cowboy, from Toby Keith

2. He Ain’t Worth Missin’, Toby Keith

3. Wish I Didn’t Know Now, Toby Keith

4. Who’s That Man?, Boomtown

5. Big Ol’ Truck, Boomtown

6. Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine On You, Blue Moon

7. Country Comes To Town, How Do You Like Me Now?!

8. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This, How Do You Like Me Now?!

9. Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue (The Angry American), Unleashed

10. Who’s Your Daddy?, Unleashed

11. Stays In Mexico, Greatest Hits 2

12. Honkytonk U, Honkytonk U

13. Crash Here Tonight, White Trash With Money

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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