February 18, 2012
Dean Dillon and George Strait are one of the finest songwriter and singer matches that country music has ever seen.
Why do they work so well together? I think it’s because George Strait has that everyman quality, a pure crooner that is as mainstream as it gets. Dillon, on the other hand, is so quirky and offbeat that his material can seem a little out there.
Strait is able to close the gap, which makes songs that would sound odd in another singer’s hands sound a bit surprising but still completely natural in Strait’s. Perhaps that’s why he pulls off Jim Lauderdale so well, too.
This is a standard country weeper with a mouthful of a title. Dillon took it to #25 in 1980, but Strait took it all the way to #1.
Written by Dean Dillon
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