When you’re the ‘king’ of country music, you’re allowed a few missteps. George Strait’s 39th studio album, “Here for a Good Time,” boasts seven tunes written by the country music superstar and his son, Bubba. After several listenings, it’s apparent that neither father nor son carries the songwriting gene. Not one of their collaborations will stick with you for very long.
“A Showman’s Life,” the one song that lingers, was written by Jesse Winchester. Strait’s satin-smooth vocals soar while telling the story of what it’s really like to be a hard-working musician.
The rest of the album is utterly forgettable and some of it’s downright hokey. It’s hard to believe the same guy who recorded “Amarillo By Morning” would release smaltz like this:
Maybe the next time around, Strait will go back to what’s worked for him since 1981 – covering great tunes by people who know how to write a solid country song.
Dec. 4: "Here for a Good Time" was nominated as Best Country Album by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, along with Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Maybe the Grammy voters heard something I missed.
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