Trivia / George Strait

  • Breakaway Country Hit: Both "Heartland" and "I Cross My Heart" off the Pure Country soundtrack went to number 1. The movie? Not so much.
  • Follow the Leader/Fountain of Expies: In the 1990s, there was an insurgence of "hat acts" who, like Strait, were just good ol' clean-cut young men (and even a couple women!) in cowboy hats. Over time, "hat act" became a derogatory term due to so many of them flooding the market and becoming indistinguishable.
  • Genre Adultery: By and large, averted; rarely has George recorded in the pop-country vein. One early exception was his 1982 ballad, "Marina Del Rey," which he pulled off very well and is every bit a part of his playlist today. "El Rey", a mariachi song from Twang which Strait performed entirely en español, is another rare exception.
  • Name's the Same: Somehow, he ended up recording two different songs both titled "She'll Leave You with a Smile" only five years apart. Only the latter was released as a single.
  • Old Shame: Averted, as he still performs many of his earlier hits in concert, including his debut single "Unwound." Likely the only exception was his second single, "Down and Out" (a No. 16 song in the fall of 1981), which George has stated was not one of his favorite songs and noted he would never consider releasing, much less recording, today. Indeed, the only places to find "Down and Out" are on his debut album, Strait Country, and his first greatest hits album; it does not appear on any other of his greatest hits albums or his 1995 box set Strait Out of the Box.
    • He hated his first music video, for "You Look So Good in Love", so much that he asked that it be withdrawn from rotation. He has very rarely done a music video since, and the few he's done since are largely Performance Videos.
    • Strait also has since said his hit "You Know Me Better Than That" is not a song he would record today; alas, he hasn't played it live since it was an active single.
  • Production Posse: He has had nearly the same batch of session musicians (including bassist Glenn Worf, drummer Eddie Bayers, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, guitarists Steve Gibson and Brent Mason, and fiddler Stuart Duncan) and the same producer (Tony Brown) on every album between Pure Country in 1992 and Love Is Everything in 2013. In addition, nearly every album dating back to his first has had at least one song written by Dean Dillon.
  • What Could Have Been: He had both "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Love Done Gone" on hold, but they ended up being recorded instead by Kenny Chesney and Billy Currington, respectively.
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