Sign up for newsletter
 

Strait enters "Honky Tonk Time Machine"

Friday, February 1, 2019 – George Strait announced today he would release "Honky Tonk Time Machine" on March 29 on MCA Nashville.

Comprised of 12 original titles plus Strait's version of the Johnny Paycheck classic "Old Violin," Honky Tonk Time Machine is Strait's 30th studio release. Strait, who produced the album alongside Chuck Ainlay, wrote eight of the 13 tracks including "Sing One with Willie" featuring Willie Nelson that the pair debuted at a recent Nashville show marking the first time the two have ever shared the stage.

Strait rarely used to write any of his own material, but that has changed in recent years. He did most of the writing for "Honky Tonk Time Machine" with his son Bubba and long-time songwriter Dean Dillon, who has penned many songs for Strait.

Strait teased the album on social media on Thursday with a graphic and the words "God and Country Music." That's the name of a song penned by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna, introduces a very special vocal guest, Strait's grandson, Harvey Strait.

"I'm really excited to have some new music coming out," said Strait. "It's been about two years since I've released a record. It was great writing with Bubba (Strait's son) and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde. Also, it was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend Willie Nelson. I hope everyone enjoys listening to Honky Tonk Time Machine as much as I enjoyed making it."

The track listing is:
1. "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
2. "Two More Wishes" - Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
3. "Some Nights" - Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
4. "God and Country Music" (with Harvey Strait) - Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
5. "Blue Water" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6. "Sometimes Love" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
7. "C"digo" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
8. "Old Violin" - Johnny Paycheck
9. "Take Me Away" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
10. "The Weight of the Badge" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. "Honky Tonk Time Machine" - Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
12. "What Goes Up"- George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
13. "Sing One with Willie" (featuring Willie Nelson) - George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

This weekend, Strait will play his 21st and 22nd sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The "Strait to Vegas" series began with six shows in 2016 and extended with 10 more in 2017. In 2018, Strait headlined Bayou Country Superfest to a sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd in New Orleans, two nights in Tulsa, Okl. and one night in Austin. This year, fans can catch Strait at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on March 30, Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on June 8, two additional engagements of "Strait to Vegas on Aug. 23 and 24 and Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 22 and, due to overwhelming demand, a second show on Nov. 23, with tickets going on sale Friday, Feb. 8.

More news for George Strait

CD reviews for George Strait

Cold Beer Conversation CD review - Cold Beer Conversation
recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days. Strait always has enjoyed a voice that resonates and is dexterous depending on the style. And the Texan sticks with the types of styles that brought him to the top - traditional country ("Let It Go," "Goin' Goin' Gone"), Texas swing ("It Takes All Kinds") and Zydeco »»»
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium CD review - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top. Strait tackles 20 songs on »»»
Love Is Everything CD review - Love Is Everything
George Strait may have reached his seventh decade, but he shows zero signs of slowing down. In fact, Strait seems to be getting even more consistent as he gets older. Strait doesn't stray all that far from the formula that has resulted in superstar status. First and foremost, that means his sonorous voice is mixed far above the music, a very good thing. He is comfortable on everything including hard core country (pedal steel, fiddle and mandolin are not tacked on afterthoughts with »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Bentley brings the A-listers – Dierks Bentley's Valentine's Day "Burning Man World 2019 Tour" stop celebrated his album, "The Mountain," one of his best full-lengths to date. That album's so good, in fact, one was left wishing he'd included even more of it in his setlist. Those album tracks he did sing, though, stood up well among his many hits.... »»»
Concert Review: Lula Wiles is on the verge – Lula Wiles is on the verge. This three-piece folk-Americana band composes and performs music with skill and assurance. This vibrant listening room venue allowed them to display their talent before a full house. Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin comprise Lula Wiles. From Burke's opening electric guitar riffs through an acoustic... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Taylor uncovers the past, offering new perspectives Suffice it to say that the past has always loomed large throughout Chip Taylor's career. That's all the more obvious if only for the fact that Taylor wrote some of the biggest pop hits of the '60s, "Wild Thing"... »»»
Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Call Me Lucky CD review - Call Me Lucky
2018 was a transitional year for Dale Watson. For decades, Watson has been both a pillar of the Austin music scene and one of Texas's most visible and passionate musical ambassadors. Given his Lone Star State roots, »»»
Meco CD review - Meco
There's no doubt that Amy McCarley has one of the more interesting singer-songwriter backgrounds. Her third album is NASA's acronym for Main Engine Cut Off, serving here as a metaphor for McCarley leaving the world of NASA »»»
Stand Tall
Jason RIngenberg remains a vibrant, seminal cornerstone for modern Americana. Exploding out of Nashville in the early 1980s as front-man for the Scorchers, Ringenberg and his colleagues - full of fire and fervor »»»
Riverland CD review - Riverland
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have a history of creating carefully crafted concept album. With guitarist Thomm Jutz again aboard, the acoustic triumvirate are on a roll. "C & O Canal" was terrific. "Riverland" may be even a little better. »»»
Stages CD review - Stages
Although Cassadee Pope's "Stage" album includes a few too many pop-country songs for comfort, it closes with a true winner. The ballad "I've Been Good," which turns a customary greeting response on its head, is a true show-stopper. »»»
Ronnie Milsap: The Duets CD review - Ronnie Milsap: The Duets
Is Ronnie Milsap proud of his age? For a clue, look no further than the name of his "76 for 76" Tour. There are some other numbers the North Carolina native is probably fond of, such as 40 number 1 records or 6 Grammys. »»»