“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.
For many years, I assumed his longevity was due to a combination of great song sense and access to top-shelf material. But with time, I’ve come to understand that it’s Strait’s peerless talent as a true stylist that is the driving force. It’s not that he’s got a great ear for a hook, but that he can create a great hook with just his performance.
He’s writing more of his stuff than ever lately, usually with his son. It’s telling that the quality of his worked hasn’t slipped as his reliance on Music Row songwriters has decreased.
“Let it Go” fits seamlessly alongside all those hits he didn’t write, and there are nearly a hundred of them at this point in his career. It’s a breezy ode to the fragility of life and the need to let go all of the regret and bitterness that gets in the way of enjoying it.
It’s another great single in a career that’s had more of them than any artist in country music history.
Note: There’s no embeddable video of the song yet, but you can stream the audio at All Access now. We’ll upload a video when it becomes available!