at 4 and nothing in between. You're not catching anything. So that's how that song came about."
Those looking for their traditional Texas Strait can readily find it on Here For A Good Time in the forms of the fiddle and steel guitar laden "," the two stepping "," or the albums initial track "." One of the albums high water marks comes in the form of "" where Faith Hill lends her songbird vocals to create one of the more amazing harmonies George has ever partnered on.
The most ruminating moment comes at the end of the album in the soon to be tale of goodbye of "." Co-written by the trio of George, Bubba & Dean the songs title and 1st verse leads you to believe the story is about a man and the love of his life. Turning slowly like a road around an outstretched mountain, it isn't until you're nearly a minute in that you realize George IS the man in the song and the love of his life is everybody listening to it. While the lyrics and sequencing placement are sure to lead to speculation about Strait's retirement (George turns 60 in May of 2012) George sings the promise "I'm not saying I'm through by any means. There's still things I want to say & do."
"I wanted to write something that would tell the fans how much I've appreciated them over the years, and just like it says in the song, I'm not quittin'; I'm not saying I'm there by any means. I'm still enjoying it. Still having a great time doing it. I just want them to know we're not here for a long time, so I want to say it now so they'll know. I think the song is exactly how I feel. It was hard to do in the studio. I was choking up, and I'm sure it'll be that way on stage, too. It'll be hard but I just want all my fans to know how much they do mean to me."
Even still, the song serves as a stark reminder that while the end of his musical days isn't quite here yet, the King won't be taking the stage forever.
Often success can change a man and while George has definitely seen his share of growth and change as a musician, along this 30 year career, he has remained as dependable in life as he has with his music. While he has racked up nearly every major awards (many more than once) including Grammy's, CMA's, ACM's; much has remained the same for George Strait.
He is still married to his high school sweetheart Norma, whom he married in December of 1971. His backing band (known as the Ace In The Hole band) is the only band that has ever backed him since he left the Army back in 1975 and was not built around him as most bands are, but instead George JOINED the Ace In The Hole band (then named Stoney Ridge) as their singer back during his college days at Southwest Texas State University. While some members have changed over the years, bass guitarist Terry Hale and steel guitarist Mike Daily remain from the original group. George met Erv Woolsey (his manager to this day) in the early '80's who arranged for some execs from MCA Records to come to Texas and see the (then) young singer.
In his personal life as well, George continues to mix comfortable & worn with fresh & exciting. As he readies himself to be a Grandad for the first time this winter, he still loves his golf (he and a friend recently purchased a course in Texas and are readying it for a November '11 opening), he still loves his Team Roping Classic as it enters its 30th year and he still loves his fishing.
And as he stands here today, amidst all of his awards, accolades and most of the same people he has for the last 30+ years, George is still excited about making new music, still looking ahead and still driven by the same thing he's always been.
"I still enjoy it—I still love it. As long as I love it and enjoy it and am having fun, then I'm gonna keep doing it. I'm motivated by what I've always been motivated by—trying to make the best records that I can make and doing the best shows that I can do. Whenever that doesn't motivate me anymore, then I'll have to quit. It's still a lot of fun for me now."