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Strait Moved Up

Posted on 07 July 2009 by Bill West

MCA has moved the street date of George Strait’s  38th album up to Aug. 11.    It’s hard to believe but his latest single “Living For The Night” marks the first time George has written one of his hits since his debut album back in 1982.

The new CD also features the first time Strait sings a song entirely in another lanuage.  He takes on the traditional “El Rey” (translates to “The King”) as the last track on the country disc.  It is sung entirely in Spanish.

George Strait's "Twang"

George Strait's "Twang"

Strait has sold over 67 million albums so far and he’s showing no signs of slowin as the latest single is the fastest rising of his career.   Below is the newly released track listing.

Track Listing for Twang:
1.  Twang – Jim Lauderdale, Kendell Marvel and Jimmy Ritchey
2.  Where Have I Been All My Life – Sherrie Austin, Will Nance and Steve Williams
3.  I Gotta Get To You – Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy Ritchey and Blaine Larsen
4.  Easy As You Go – Steve Bogard and Rick Giles
5.  Living For The Night – George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6.  Same Kind Of Crazy – Delbert McClinton and Gary Nicholson
7.  Out Of Sight Out Of Mind  – George Strait and Bubba Strait
8.  Arkansas Dave – Bubba Strait
9.  The Breath You Take – Dean Dillon, Jessie Jo Dillon and Casey Beathard
10. He’s Got That Something Special – George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. Hot Grease And Zydeco – Gordon Bradberry and Tony Ramey
12. Beautiful Day For Goodbye – Doug Johnson and Pat Bunch
13. El Rey – Jose Alfredo Jimenez

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George Strait ’09 – Tour Schedule

Posted on 17 February 2009 by Bill West

Note:  Additional dates will be announced

5/15    Charlotte, NC             Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Raleigh, NC               Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Cincinnati, OH           Riverbend Music Center
Pittsburgh, PA            Post-Gazette Pavillion
5/29    Holmdel, NJ               P.N.C. Bank Center
Boston, MA                Tweeter Center
Virginia Beach, VA       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Washington, DC           Nissan Pavillion
Cadott, WI*               Country Fest 2009
Milwaukee, WI            Music Fest 2009
Calgary, AB               Calgary Stampede
7/12    Craven, SK                Craven Country Jamboree
Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre
Cheyenne, WY             Cheyenne Frontier Days
Indianapolis, IN         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre


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CD Review: George Strait Troubadour

Posted on 31 March 2008 by Bill West

Troubadour is the new George Strait CD (out Tuesday 4/1).  It’s also the name of one of my new favorite songs.  

"Troubadour…travelling ballad singer from the Provence region…Composers of epic poems, such as the Chansons de Geste, and love songs, often sung by wandering minstrels…Or: Troubadour is the fourth album by J.J. Cale. It was first released in 1976…"

Troubadour – the CD and the song – both live up to most all the heritage that those definitions convey.  There’s a real timeless, almost old fashioned, feel to most of the songs. I’ve never been a typical Strait fan.  I liked individual songs.   After tracking through what will become his 38th album
I’m hooked.  Come to think of it – I doubt Strait ever really loses a fan… just keeps gaining them.   Just as he keeps gaining accolades and awards too; the album’s stellar first single, “I Saw God Today,” already set a personal mark when it debuted at No. 19 on the country radio charts—higher than any other song he’s released in his career.
Strait returned to Jimmy Buffet’s Florida Key’s recording studio after recording the last CD (and it won Album of The Year).  You can hear a bit of the island vibe on one track "River of Dreams." Otherwise the tracks have an old fashioned kinda feeling (in a very good way).  There’s a Texas swing reminiscent of Haggard’s "Great Afternoon" plus plenty of classic steel on the waltz "It Was Me." "Make Her Fall in Love with Me" is a honky tonker best described as "The Big One" part two.

Many will really love the expected cowboy songs here.  Others, like me,  will appreciate  the writing on songs like "House with No Doors" (George didn’t write any… give thanks in part to "Give It Away co writer Jamey Johnson and other word smiths).

Strait still owns the all-time record for the most No. 1 singles in any genre. He has more career nominations than any other artist in both the Nashville-based Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music honors. He has more gold and platinum albums than any other country artist.

Look for "I Saw God Today" to be another #1… there will be more here too… and I can only hope the title track will be sanctioned for radio play.

The “King of Country Music” joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, making him the only performer who’s earned a plaque in the hallowed halls while still consistently racking up hits.  This CD will guarantee a few more.
Overall Grade: B+

Don’t Miss: The tile track may become a signature song.“Troubadour…you know it does tell a pretty good story that fits my whole career from start to finish.” He says on his website “cause that’s really what I’ll be when I grow to an age I can’t do this anymore. I’ve always wanted to be around as long as I could for sure. I’m still after longevity."

Fast Forward: "House Of Cash" a well deserved tribute to the man in black with help from Patty Loveless wasn’t as strong as it was potentially set up to be.

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