One of the Strait man’s best now…

…at Prime Country, Sirius Ch. 61: “Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend, and if you do…well then don’t be, afraid to take me by the hand, if you want to…I think this is how love goes, check yes or no…”
One of the previously unreleased tunes from Strait’s 4-cd career retrospective Strait Out Of The box, “Check Yes Or No” ultimately showed itself to be another example of George Strait’s unerring ear for songs as was everything else in that set; the song spent four weeks at No. 1 in the fall of 1995 and to this day is a staple of Strait’s live show. Even back then I thought it was amazing that Strait could have that kind of success — both in the record stores and on the radio — after most of his contemporaries were left behind in the wake of what everyone called “the new breed” of stars coming along in the early 1990s. Looking back I see it as nothing short of a miracle. I know I am a fan, with all the biases that come with that, but I still think his success and longevity make for a real testament to his artistry.

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One Response to “One of the Strait man’s best now…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    K. D. (76.210.226.84)
    Gotta love George Strait…..I can’t remember a prom or a high school dance in which at least two of his songs are played….And we are talking over 20 years.
    October 23, 2009, 4:32:30 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Borepatch (173.48.134.243)
    The great thing about Country is that it tells a story. Nobody tells it like King George.
    October 23, 2009, 7:08:30 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Sabra (66.69.88.111)
    The great thing about Country is that it tells a story.

    Ain’t that the truth! I am constantly telling my girls to hush up and listen to the song because it’s telling a story. That’s why I have always loved the old country so much–that storytelling aspect. You can pack an awful lot into three minutes or less. The best example that comes to mind right offhand is “Big Iron”. (And to go a bit newer–Robert Earl Keen’s “Corpus Christi Bay”, which is my favorite of his songs.)

    Now, Pistolero, you were asking me the other day about anything by King George I’m not as fond of…I do think “Check Yes or No” is on that very short list. Not that I dislike it per se, just that I always found it a bit insipid.
    October 24, 2009, 1:20:50 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    the pistolero (71.40.227.153)
    And we are talking over 20 years.
    No doubt about it. I faintly remember them at my school dances as well — faintly because it was over a decade ago and much has happened since then.
    And I see where you’re coming from there, Sabra, though as you know I thought “River of Love” ranked a pretty good bit higher on the insipidity scale. Speaking of REK and story songs, how about “The Road Goes On Forever”? I know it’s overplayed in some places, but it’s still a great song…

    The great thing about Country is that it tells a story. Nobody tells it like King George.
    Yep, couldn’t have said it much better myself….
    October 26, 2009, 11:44:45 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Sabra (66.69.88.111)
    Speaking of REK and story songs, how about “The Road Goes On Forever”? I know it’s overplayed in some places, but it’s still a great song…

    Yeah, it’s a great song, it’s just not my favorite. I think Keen does a good job of packing stories into many, if not most, of his songs. I’m thinking “Gringo Honeymoon”, “Shades of Gray”, “Coming Home of the Son and Brother”…I could go on.

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