“Let it Go”
Written by Keith Gattis, Bubba Strait, and George Strait
George Strait is country music’s Frank Sinatra.
What he does looks effortless and spawns countless imitators, but none of them can actually replicate what makes him special.
More than thirty years into his legendary career, George Strait has released the most compelling single of his career with “Drinkin' Man.”
An alcoholic examines his past and present with clear eyes, looking into the mirror while still holding on to the bottle. With sad resignation, he remembers the parents who worried about him, the friends that tried to save him, and the woman who loved him in spite of his affliction.
Strait isn't known for dealing with such challenging subject matter, but his experience as a singer and remarkable growth as a songwriter have resulted in the genre's best drinking song in recent memory. It's something that Merle Haggard or George Jones would have produced at their peak.
I don't know if radio can handle something this substantive from an artist that they tend to love most when he's frivolous these days. But whether or not it receives wide airplay, this is the finest single that George Strait has ever released.
Written by Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait, and George Strait
Listen: Drinkin' Man
The title screams country party anthem. Thank heavens for Dale Evans, it isn’t one.
But it is a laid-back, pseudo-philosophical number that has Strait vowing to live for the moment, to enjoy some moonshine, and to not worry about the troubles that weigh other people down.
If Kenny Chesney ever trades in the islands for the honky-tonks, he’ll sound exactly like this.
Written by Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait and George Strait
Listen: Here For a Good Time