Fans of traditional country music have plenty of reasons to rejoice these days. George Strait hasn’t forgotten the music that he cut his teeth on and he’s celebrating it in a big way with his newest release, “Honky Tonk Time Machine.”
The title track of his upcoming 30th studio album features all of the delicious goodness that typically embellishes old school country music. Dripping with sizzling fiddle, steel guitar, and true honky-tonk piano—instruments seldom heard in today’s computer-generated production. And the fast-paced groove is an open invitation to hit the hardwoods at your local dancehall or watering hole and never leave the floor.
The album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, doesn’t come out until later this month, but George has been trickling out tunes to whet our appetite for his brand of country music, including “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” and “God and Country Music,” which features his grandson, Harvey, on the vocals. But also included among the tracks are a nod to his new tequila brand, “Codigo,” as well as a cover of the Johnny Paycheck favorite, “Old Violin.” And in one of the most fun moments we’ve heard in country music lately, icons collide as George and Willie Nelson collaborate, as singers and songwriters, for “Sing One With Willie.”
George, who left much of the songwriting to Nashville’s crackerjack writing community early in his career, co-wrote eight of the tracks on Honky Tonk Time Machine with writers like his son, Bubba, longtime friend and hit writer Dean Dillon, and the legendary Buddy Cannon.
In addition to the final show Rodeo Houston on March 17, the King of Country Music has a handful of dates on his calendar for 2019. He has shows in Atlanta, Columbus, and Fort Worth, in addition to a December weekend back in Las Vegas.