Texas Music Personalities on Their Favorite George Strait Songs
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On Saturday at AT&T Stadium, one of the biggest country music crowds ever will witness perhaps the most significant day of country music the Dallas-Fort Worth area has ever hosted: George Strait will ride away and fans of all ages, from many parts of the world, will likely shed a tear or two in tribute.
Over three decades of recording and touring means that Strait has influenced more than his fair share of artists, writers and radio personalities, who began as wide-eyed fans themselves. DC9 at Night took the opportunity to speak to some of Texas' biggest names in country music and media to find out what their favorite King George song is and how it inspired them.
"Let's Fall to Pieces Together"
I'll say one of my favorite George Strait songs has to be "Let's Fall to Pieces Together." There is so much nostalgia related with those 1980s records for me. I was just a kid when they came out and later they were the first things I learned how to sing and play on the guitar. It's real hard to pick just one. Long live King George!
"Big" Gus Samuelson (Host on 95.3 the Range and Lead Singer for Swampadelic):
This is too easy for me. "Let's Fall to Pieces Together" is just good country music with three chords -- well, four maybe -- and the truth.
"Baby Blue," is my favorite. I had a girl like that in college. I have a daughter like that, too. Everyone knows a girl like that. God Bless her.
"Blame It on Mexico"
Rita Ballou (Blogger and Host on Austin's KOKE FM):
Easy, "Blame It on Mexico," because of the line about Ma Crosby's in Acuna. I was 18 in my college dorm in San Marcos and me and my friends were listening to George tapes and decided that we wanted to go to Ma Crosby's so we piled up in my crappy Chevy Cavalier and drove to Mexico. That was long before 9/11, when you could, and drink a margarita.
My favorite is "The Chair." First, because it's as iconic of a country song as "The Dance" or "Your Cheatin' Heart," sung by the one artist, in my opinion, that has remained true to himself throughout his entire career. It's simple, country, and believable. Second, because it was written by Dean Dillon, who, again, in my opinion, is one of the better country music songwriters there ever will be. He paints the picture of "the chair" in such a way that the listener can see the details of that moment perfectly.
"The Chair" never fails to pack the dance floor anytime I've played it. It might be the best song about a bar I've ever heard. And the dance floor agrees.