May 29, 2008
After nearly three decades, George Strait continues to remain a force to be reckoned with on the country music charts. Strait’s newest single, “Troubadour”, comes from the heart. As he has said in several interviews to promote the album of the same name, the song resonates deeply with him because he sees himself as a troubadour of sorts.
With subtle background vocals by Vince Gill, Strait provides a seemingly somber, yet accepting, outlook of the fate of a traveling singer: “Sometimes I feel like Jesse James/Still trying to make a name/Knowing nothings gonna change what I am/I was a young troubadour when I rode in on a song/and I’ll be an old troubadour when I’m gone.”
Unfortunately, while this song may very well be a personal anthem for Strait, the song still seems as though it’s lacking. The lyrics seem to be reaching for poignancy, Vince Gill’s voice (surprisingly) doesn’t blend well with Strait’s and the melody is less than inspiring.
Written by Monty Holmes & Leslie Satcher