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Coming off of Troubadour and its trifecta of radio hits (“I Saw God Today,” “Troubadour,” and “River of Love”), Twang is a more personal and modest statement from George Strait. Several songs are attributed to Dean Dillon and Jim Lauderdale, two longtime Strait collaborators, and Texas roots singer Delbert McClinton contributes “Same Kind of Crazy,” a song which (along with the title track and “Hot Grease and Zydeco”) gives the album down-home grit to balance the windswept romance of “Easy As You Go,” “Living for the Night,” and “The Breath You Take.” Nepotism is not usually a good thing, but “Out of Sight Out of Mind,” “Arkansas Dave,” and “He’s Got That Something Special,” all written with Strait’s son Bubba, have the honest, unassuming quality of folk songwriting. To close things Strait turns in a Spanish rendition of “El Rey,” a song by the legendary Mexican performer and writer Jose Alfredo Jimenez. At once the cover version functions as a tribute to Strait’s South Texas roots, a gift to his Spanish language audience, and an affirmation of his own exalted place in the corridors of song.

Customer Reviews

The Breath You Take

I have long been a George Strait fan, so I automatically downloaded this new album. I knew nothing about "The Breath You Take" before it began to play. By the time that song was over, this 48 year old father of four sons who all played Little League baseball was sitting in front of my computer crying my eyes out. The only other song I have listened to so far, "Where Have I Been All My Life," is typical George Strait introspection with a wonderful, warm wit. I can't wait to get on an airplane in several hours so that I can savor the rest of this newest gift from George Strait. It must be special since I have downloaded over 5,000 iTunes songs but this is the first time I have ever been motivated to write a review. Thank you George!

George Straight for God

George always inspires me to keep going and love God even more, what can I say: Thank you so much.

Maintaining some dignity in Country Music

Once again for anyone out there really not sure what "true" country music should sound like, listen to this album (and pretty much every album by GS). If it wasn't for George, Alan and other classic artists (Haggard, Jennings, Cash, etc...) country music would be truly forgotten and dead. Instead we get the crap that Nashville has decided to throw in our face with their so-called "country" artists just for the almighty dollar. Just listen to your local country music station and you will know what I’m talking about (I stopped listening awhile back out of mere disgust). As far as George's rendition of "El Rey", it's not an attempt to re-do or re-classify this classic song from another legend. For those of you whom followed GS's career, you will understand the love he has for Mexico and everything it has to offer, so it's only natural for him to show his respect and admiration for a legend in another genre (which by the way not way off from true country music). WOW! He even sings it in Spanish, what talent. Murder on music row has been committed, but GS shows us country music may still be alive and well with some hope for resurrection.


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 of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson. Strait was born and raised in Texas, the son...
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