George Strait’s Upcoming Album to Feature Four Songs Co-Written by Son

Jim Malec | July 7th, 2009

george-strait_twangGeorge Strait’s upcoming album Twang has been slated for an August 11th release date.

The 26th studio album from the country stalwart will feature 13 tracks, including three co-written by the artist himself. Strait has penned songs only sporadically throughout his career, and Twang will mark his most significant songwriting output to date. Also of note are four songs written or co-written by George’s son George Jr. (credited as Bubba).

Bubba Strait has no prior songwriting credits to his name.

Twang will also feature songs co-written by Jim Lauderdale, Blaine Larsen (“I Don’t Know What She Said”), Sherrie Austin (“Streets of Heaven”), Delbert McClinton and a cover of “El Rey” from the catalog of the late ranchera songwriter Jose Alfredo Jimenez.

Track Listing for Twang:

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)

  1. Jon
    July 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Yay for Tony Ramey – a good guy and a great writer.

  2. PaulaW
    July 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “Where Have I Been All My Life” (Sherrie Austin, Will Nance and Steve Williams)

    I’ve heard Steve sing this one a couple of times. I hope this one makes it as a single. I love it!

  3. Erik
    July 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Say, is “Same Kind Of Crazy” the Patty Loveless track? If so, it’s a good one.

  4. CMW
    July 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    It’s the same song, Erik. Delbert McClinton (one of the writers) and the Del McCoury Band have both recorded it as well.

  5. Rick
    July 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    PaulaW said: ““Where Have I Been All My Life” (Sherrie Austin, Will Nance and Steve Williams) ~
    I’ve heard Steve sing this one a couple of times. I hope this one makes it as a single. I love it!”

    Paula, I’m sure Sherrie Austin feels exactly the same way as you do since we haven’t heard much out of her since “Driving Into The Sun” tanked at radio…(lol)

  6. idlewildsouth
    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Thats a nice looking list of writers there.

  7. PaulaW
    July 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Rick, I’m pretty sure ANY writer would love to have a GS single. Goodness knows I would! :-)

  8. Chris D.
    July 7, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I’m actually excited for this album. “Same Kind Of Crazy” is a great song, and I’m loving “Living For The Night”. It’s one of the few songs on radio that will make me leave the radio on.

  9. Michael
    July 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I wonder if this is the actual album cover. If so, I have to ask, “What the hell is he thinking?” It is ridiculous!

  10. Steve Harvey
    July 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    WOO HOO! Two Jim Lauderdale songs!

  11. J.R. Journey
    July 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I was thinking the same thing about the album cover, Michael.

    I think it’s great that George is releasing some self-penned material. And it’s going to be interesting to see what his son does with his new-found songwriting abilities as well. Will he pursue a career in country music and join the ranks of other famous juniors?

  12. Clemson Brad
    July 7, 2009 at 8:41 pm


  13. Chris N.
    July 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Talking smack about Sherrie Austin is a good way to get on my bad side.

  14. Leeann Ward
    July 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I’m interested to hear the song that George and his son write together without outside help, along with the song that Bubba writes alone.

  15. Roger
    July 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    i’m sure this will be a great selection of songs but i’m disappointed to not see a Tony Lane song on george’s new cd

  16. Jon
    July 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    “Talking smack about Sherrie Austin is a good way to get on my bad side.”

    Yeah, buddy!

  17. Matt B.
    July 8, 2009 at 1:59 am

    That is the actual album cover art. George really has a “I don’t give a flying f. attitude about his album art these days. If you see the larger version, his tongue is even stickin’ out a bit.

  18. Steve Harvey
    July 8, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Put me down on the Sherrie Austin groupie list.

  19. Lanibug
    July 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Steve, Jon & Chris – I join you in the Sherrie Austin groupie list – I even have her on my ipod…

    Does look like a good list of songs and am looking forward to this album…

  20. ROGERW
    July 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

    You nailed it on the album cover Michael, good grief. Anyway, songs do sound great.

  21. mikeky
    July 8, 2009 at 9:21 am

    i like the cover. it’s one of the few george strait album covers that doesn’t resemble a sears catalog from 1987.

  22. Michael
    July 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Haha, 1987 Sears catalog. With his tongue sticking out and holding what I think is a miniature guitar, he looks absurd. Not the debonaire King of Country that we’re used to.

  23. Razor X
    July 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Who produced this album? Is Strait working with a different producer now that Tony Brown is at Big Machine?

  24. CMW
    July 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I believe it was produced by Bubba Strait.

    Just kidding. Strait reportedly co-produced it with Tony Brown.

  25. Occasional Hope
    July 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    No, it looks like Tony Brown is producing as usual according to the label website.

    I must say, that is an extraordinarliy unflattering cover picture.

  26. Matt B.
    July 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm


    When did Tony Brown join Big Machine Records?

  27. Michael
    July 8, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I think we could do a whole post about some of the worst (and best) album covers in the history of country music.

  28. stewman
    July 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The fact that he named the album “Twang” already makes me not want to hear it. Seems a like a title a marketing group would come up with.
    “George if you name the album Twang, you will see rodeo sales increase by 26%”.

  29. Leeann Ward
    July 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I think that’s a pretty far reaching accusation to make about George Strait, especially since he’s one of the people who has legitimately provided the most “twang” in country music in the past decade or so. With that said, more twang in the lead single would’ve been nice.

  30. agent713
    July 9, 2009 at 10:58 am

    The cover art is cheap but the track listing is promising. I’m excited!

  31. Olivia
    July 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    King George “What were you thinking with that album cover!!!! Thats JUST is NOT you, youre goregous


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