Trailerhood

Album: Bullets in the Gun (2010)
Charted: 97
  • This is the first single from Country musician Tony Keith's fourteenth studio album, Bullets in the Gun. The song was released in June 2010.
  • Keith penned this celebration of the trailer park lifestyle himself and he came up with the idea for the song during a motorcycle ride in Oklahoma. The singer recalled to Billboard magazine that he passed by a trailer home park where he used to live and said to his companion, "'Let's turn around at the trailerhood and get out of here.'" He continued: "It just kind of sprung out; I made a faux pas and said 'trailerhood' instead of neighborhood or trailer park, and it made me laugh. So I just took my phone out and sent myself a message and then wrote it over Christmas break."
  • Keith elaborated on the story behind this song on his website: "I was riding my motorcycle and had a couple of dudes with me. We were in an old neighborhood out in the country where I used to live. And there's a trailer park out there. Somebody said, 'Hey, let's go eat.' We're starting to turn around and I realize they've put railroad tracks in and blocked the street I wanted to take. So I was going to say, 'Let's go in the trailer park' or, 'Let's go in this neighborhood and turn around.' But instead I said, 'Let's go in this trailerhood.' And one of the guys said, 'The old trailerhood, huh?'
    I lived in one for a couple of years when I was 19 after I moved off my parents' farm. It was a real nice, gated trailer park with a pool. I had a lot of fun. There were always guys drinking beer, always a poker game and kids playing ball in the streets. Everybody in my area is a Dallas Cowboys fan, so they're always getting together to watch the games. Then you just go white trash on it with the tattoos, farmer tans, NASCAR and rodeo. Everyone knows trailer parks take a beating from tornadoes, so when you talk to people in L.A. they want to know how someone could live in one. What they don't understand is that tornadoes are exciting. Unless it's bulls-eyed right for you, everybody is outside watching them go by. So I brought all these thoughts together and wrote it by myself over Christmas break. I told the guys when we cut it that I wanted to be real original and organic with it; the bass drum going and the bass right there in a simple, marching band kind of feel."
  • The music video was directed by Michael Salomon and features Keith singing in a trailer park. The singer told The Boot about the shoot: "We went to a trailer park about 30 miles outside of Nashville. It was an older trailer park. The stylist had dressed up seven or eight of the cast members to play these characters. While we were shooting, I was looking around and they had the yellow tape around. We've invaded this trailer park, and it's a big deal for them to have a video shot there. They're all standing up behind the tape, drinking beer. That guy ain't got a shirt on; that kid hadn't got any underwear on; that kid is sunburned; this one over here, her shirt isn't covering her belly. I said, 'Why don't you bring everyone of those guys over here, set them around this lawn chair, and let's sing the chorus together ... no actors, just those people.' The director was like, 'Whatever you want.' So they bring them over, and when you look at the video and see them, that's the way they got up and started their day. No one went back and said, 'Let me go change my shirt' or 'Let me put a shirt on my kid.' It's the way people live like that, and that is authentic. I lived in one when I was 22 years old and everything in that song was stole right out of that 'trailerhood' I lived in. There was a guy who three nights a week had poker, and there was a guy over here that I never saw working, he was always just sitting by that plastic pool that he had in his yard – it was about 12 feet wide and four-feet deep. I said, 'Don't you got a job? Don't you ever work?' and he goes, 'I teach driving school at night.' I'm like, 'Perfect! You drink all day and teach driving school at night. That works alright.' [laughs] I just took all of that and wrapped it up and put it in that song. After we shot the people that were authentic around me, my manager looked over at the stylist and said, 'Toby probably just won you a stylist award if they give those things away, because they're gonna think a stylist dressed all those people up and they're cast.' That was the Wal-Martians right there, baby. [laughs]"

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