George Strait has a knack for finding interesting songs that take surprising twists. His delivery is so casual and unassuming that the lyrics sneak up on you. I was ready to write this off as trite “cowgirls are hot” radio filler after the first verse, but he ends up fully humanizing the women he’s only gawking at in the beginning. The virtues he spends most of the song praising have little to do with physical beauty, and there’s a quiet feminism that surfaces in both the lyric and his delivery of it.
Listen: How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls