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George Strait goes for "Twang" in August

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – "Twang," the new CD from George Straits, will be out Aug. 11, his label said today. The 13 songs include the current hit Living for the Night.

"It makes a papa proud to have my son contributing to the creation of this record," said Strait, who wrote the song with his son bubba and songwriting ace Dean Dillon. "We had a great time writing with each other, and then Dean adding his magic made it even more special. I hope the people that buy this record have as much fun listening to it as I had making it." This was the first time Strait has penned a song since I Can't See Texas From Here from his 1982 debut - "Strait Country."

Strait co-wrote two additional songs on "Twang," - He's Got That Something Special and Out Of Sight Out Of Mind. Bubba Strait also wrote the track Arkansas Dave. Co-producing with producer Tony Brown, Strait's 38th album, was recorded at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Fla. It is the same studio where they recorded Strait's last two award-winning albums.

Songs are:
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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