Strait Country

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given George Strait's stature and his enduring popularity, it's easy to forget just how startling his debut Strait Country was in 1981. At the time, country music was given over to lush country-pop crossovers, aging outlaws, urban cowboy swagger and the emergence of Alabama-styled country-rock, all sounds that evoked the dawn of the Reagan era and still do to this day, but Strait flew in the face of all of these trends, drawing deep on honky tonk tradition, undeniably rooted in Texas but willing to wander outside of the Lone Star State's borders. This restlessness manifested itself most notably on Strait's clear love of Merle Haggard, evident on the warm, breezy...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given George Strait's stature and his enduring popularity, it's easy to forget just how startling his debut Strait Country was in 1981. At the time, country music was given over to lush country-pop crossovers, aging outlaws, urban cowboy swagger and the emergence of Alabama-styled country-rock, all sounds that evoked the dawn of the Reagan era and still do to this day, but Strait flew in the face of all of these trends, drawing deep on honky tonk tradition, undeniably rooted in Texas but willing to wander outside of the Lone Star State's borders. This restlessness manifested itself most notably on Strait's clear love of Merle Haggard, evident on the warm, breezy "Blame It on Mexico" whose verses could have been lifted from Hag's early-'70s efforts, but this wasn't a tune that was stuck in the past: this, along with the Top Ten hit "If You're Wanting a Stranger There's One Coming Home," was given enough of a light production sheen so it could fit alongside urban cowboy, but Strait's delivery and attitude made these slight forays into poppier material sound as pure country as the harder stuff here. And that's the genius of Strait Country -- it showed how it was possible to be planted firmly in traditional country yet flexible enough to play softer stuff without losing that hardcore stance. As the years rolled on, Strait moved away from the softer stuff here -- and something like "I Get Along with You" now sound close to early-'80s soft rock in tone and feel -- but by blending the hardcore honky tonk, Western swing and Bakersfield country with a few melodic ballads that weren't designed for the barroom, he set the template for years and years of modern country. So, Strait Country is influential, but it's also flat-out great, the beginning of a remarkable streak of continually satisfying albums from George Strait. He does sound younger here -- a little thinner, a little twangier, than he did later, when his voice deepened and softened -- but he negotiates the turns on barroom anthems like "Unwound" and "Down and Out" or the Western swing of "She's Playing Hell Trying to Get Me to Heaven" like an old pro, and he has a great set of tunes here, from those tunes to the clever "Every Time You Throw Dirt on Her You Lose a Little Ground." It's what makes Strait Country not just influential, but still satisfying after many years of great albums from Strait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076743108723
  • Catalog Number: 31087
  • Sales rank: 13,224

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Strait Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Clyde Brooks Drums
Sudie Callaway Background Vocals
Jimmy Capps Rhythm Guitar
Rita Figlio Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Bob Gelotte Drums
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Sherilyn Huffman Background Vocals
Mitch Humphries Keyboards
Dave Kirby Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Kroon Drums
Mike Leech Bass
Fred Newell Guitar
Jerry Shook Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Thompson Rhythm Guitar
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Arlene Hardin Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Harris Engineer
Milan Bogdan Digital Editing
Blake Mevis Producer
Mike Poston Engineer
Simon Levy Art Direction
Bill Harris Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    George had it right the first time

    This is George Strait's very first album, released in 1981. Though George has released some pretty amazing albums, this one will always be the best. Your life is not complete until you have added ''Strait Country'' to your personal collection. This album allows you to get in touch with the original George Strait.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I love the first album because its So cool.

    I love George Strait because he dresses nice and tucks his shirt in.

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    Posted March 16, 2009

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