Strait gets ready for a good time
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
– George Strait will release his 39th studio album, "Here For A Good Time," on Sept. 6.
After relying almost exclusively on songwriters for years, Strait co-wrote 7 of the album's 11 tracks with his son Bubba and songwriter Dean Dillon, a frequent Strait conitributor. Strait co-produced the album with his long-time friend and producer Tony Brown. It was recorded at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Fla., the same studio where Strait recorded his last three award-winning albums.
Starting today, GeorgeStrait.com is offering an exclusive album pre-order package that includes the full length "Here For A Good Time" CD, a limited edition T-Shirt, poster and instant download the single - the title track - and a sweepstakes to enter for a chance to see George Strait on tour in 2012.
The single, penned by the Straits and Dillon, is Strait's 89th career single and his second highest debut in his career on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Currently at 16 on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts after 8 weeks, this is his highest debut since "I Saw God Today" debuted Top 20 in 2008.
1. Love's Gonna Make It Alright Al Anderson / Chris Stapleton
2. Drinkin' Man ` George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
3. Shame On Me George Strait/Bubba Strait
4. Poison Chuck Cannon/Allen Shamblin
5. Here For A Good Time George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
6. House Across The Bay George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
7. Lone Star Blues Gary Nicholson/Delbert McClinton
8. A Showman's Life Jesse Winchester
9. Three Nails And A Cross George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon/Bobby Boyd
10. Blue Marlin Blues George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
11. I'll Always Remember You George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon
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