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Editors’ Notes

The theme of The Road Less Traveled is contentment. And why not? Strait begins his fourth decade as a performer with his patented brand of high-quality country more popular than ever. “She’ll Leave You With A Smile” floats by on an irresistibly catchy hook that Strait delivers with trademark charm and poise, while “Run” shows his ability to pull off a grandiose ballad without ever seeming like a schmuck. Strait’s cover of Rodney Crowell’s “Stars on the Water” is down-home singalong that would work equally well at a summer cookout or at line dancing night at the local beer hall. While “The Middle of Nowhere” is a beautifully communicated image of heartache, “Living and Living Well,” “Good Time Charley’s,” and “The Real Thing” all extol the virtues of life’s simple pleasures. The album culminates with “My Life’s Been Grand,” a stately rumination on fulfillment. Merle Haggard first sang it in 1986, as he was entering his twilight years, and now, in 2001, Strait has the depth of experience to impart it like a country equivalent to Sinatra’s “My Way.”

Customer Reviews

Strait's best album

I have all his albums and this one I play the most. Run and Stars on the Water are great songs.

I agree!!!!!

I have This album on Cassette, and i have wore it out!!! My all time favorites just happen to be The first 4. (Because they were on side A of the tape) It is a must-buy. Plus i spent 13 bucks on the cassette!!! Here it's 9.99 for much better sound!!!! Purchase!!

i love george<33

george strait is i always say i haven't met anyone that doesn't like at least 1 of his songs, he's a legend, buy his album, or at least a couple of songs.


Born: May 18, 1952 in Poteet, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the country singers to emerge in the 1980s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the era, sparking a wave...
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