August 26, 2008
MCA has decided to release George Strait’s “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” as a digital single. Originally an outtake from the Troubadour sessions, the song is already a top twenty hit for Kenny Chesney.
It’s highly unusual these days for competing versions of the same song to be released, though it was a frequent occurrence a few decades ago. So we don’t get to hear two top-tier artists tackle the same song very often. I wasn’t particularly impressed by Chesney’s version of this song, but I’m loving George Strait’s version of it.
Granted, the richness of Strait’s voice elevates the most mediocre material, but I think that Strait tapped into the humor of the song with his performance. Chesney played it straight, and the result was a less entertaining record.
Listen: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven