The two tunes, which he co-wrote are only available on the new three-disc set and one of them, “Kicked Outta Country” is going to be a real crowd-pleaser for years to come. Co-written with Jamey Johnson, Strait shared with the crowd that Johnson approached him about writing a few new songs for a Strait album. Strait told Johnson, “that’s great, but they’re not going to get played.” From there, a song was born.
The song is a nod to country music favorites Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and George Jones and yes, a bit of a jab at country music radio too.
I just got the news today, the record I sent them they threw it away
It don’t fit the format, don’t make the list
They said I’m too old, won’t even be missed
It happened to Jones and even to Hag,
Waylon and Willie and the great Johnny Cash,
Kicked ’em right out, without even a word
But, that ain’t the end of the story I heard
‘Cause Cash stomped out the footlights,
and Haggard plum had a ball,
and Waylon and Willie and Kris toured the nation,
And Jones didn’t show up at all.
Well they lived what they wrote,
And they wrote what they sang,
And getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing,
getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing.