George Strait

The Musical Tastes Of Our Ex-Presidents

By Alyson Camus | November 10, 2020

‘Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House’

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 12-7-18 – 12-13-18

By Iman Lababedi | December 7, 2018

jumped up and fun

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1999

By Steve Crawford | May 13, 2017

pure aural oatmeal

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1998, Part I

By Steve Crawford | May 6, 2017

The timing was fortuitous for Prine

2017 rock nyc Concerts In Order Of Preference Through February 28th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | February 28, 2017

Here for a good time

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1989, Part I

By Steve Crawford | February 21, 2017

Commercial instincts

George Strait’s “Strait To Vegas” At the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Saturday, February 18th, 2017, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 19, 2017

The essence of country

These Days: Saturday, February 18th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | February 18, 2017

an old cowboy now we’re gone

George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From The AT&T Stadium" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2014

If you love Strait you had to be effected by the late “Troubadour” and closing “The Cowboy Rides Away”. What the album has going for it is it is a literal, all of a piece, live document, of one of the great Red Staters, a country giant saying goodbye. Is it enough? Sure, if your exes live in Texas.

The Crawford Family Southwest Vacation Songs

By Steve Crawford | August 10, 2014

Outside of Amarillo is a weird roadside attraction known as Cadillac Ranch – a line of ten Cadillacs buried nose first into the ground. Visitors are encouraged to spray paint graffiti on the Detroit relics. Noting one of the cars already was tagged with “Steve,” no work was required on my behalf.

10 Songs: Friday, June 13th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 13, 2014

Bill Bruisers – The New Pornographers – This is a nicely bruising pop rocker with vocal hooks on top of vocal hooks from a band who have been around forever but for whom I’ve never had all that much time, by this one they got right – B+

George Strait: A Wild And Crazy Bore

By Steve Crawford | June 12, 2014

He could be catchy and clever at times, but his calling card was restraint, not emotion. He didn’t make me laugh or cry or belt out a chorus – at best, he just didn’t make me lunge to change the station when his latest hit was played.

George Strait Rode Away On Saturday June 7th, 2014 In Texas

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2014

Looking at these stars, you wonder how much Strait is responsible for the fitful state of modern country (though I remain decrying what now feels like a golden age, the mid-1980s). George played for three hours plus and here is the setlist, read it and weep

Sneak Peak: Upcoming Releases Week Of April 7th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | April 6, 2014

Not much of a week, neither was last week after a month of big big releases. Off! are back, has it been two years already? Joan Osborne? John Frusciante is back but I am not sure we want him. I guess I’ll go with Martina McBride, her opening slot with George Strait was very good, even if album title Everlasting doesn’t promise much.

That Was The Week Of February 24th, 2014, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | March 4, 2014

Bill de Blasio has started closing down Charter Schools and while my sympathies are with the schools in question, still I can see the Mayor’s point which boils down to giving public property to private enterprises. he might be doing it for the wrong reasons but it isn’t entirely irrational.

George Strait's "the Cowboy Rides Away Tour" At Prudential Center, March 1st, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2014

To say Strait gets Petty is to underestimate how Strait transforms it to the sort of country rock you just plain don’t hear anymore. For one thing, all you need to get Strait rocking is the word “ridin'” and he is off: “Tonight we ride, right or wrong”

The George Strait 2014 Setlist (Annotated, Graded, Spotified)

By Iman Lababedi | February 28, 2014

I took a look at the setlist and I liked what I saw on the hitmakers no nonsense down to business hit song after hit song setlist. If you don’t see what you want from Strait here, check yes and no elsewhere because I sure do.

10 Songs, February 25th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2014

I’ll Always Remember You – George Strait – 30 years into his hugely successful career, Strait paid tribute to his audience in what amounts to a love song for us folks who cheer him on every day of his life. Nice to be appreciated – B+

Active Viewin': Concert Picks Week Of February 24th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2014

Why did George Strait not play Madison Square Garden on his farewell tour? I realize the Empire State ain’t THAT big on country, but when the biggest name (if not the single best name) in country decides to hang up his spur shouldn’t he follow LCD Soundsystems lead and do it here? Nope, the crappola Prudential Center is what we get and trust me, we will take it this Saturday.

10 Songs, February 24th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 24, 2014

Janine Rostron is an acquired taste and I recommend seeing her live to get the full impact of her gender uncertain agitprop, though this song isn’t so out there the bass line doesn’t keep you in and keep you there – A-

Mustest Must See In 2014: George Strait

By Iman Lababedi | October 11, 2013

However, to add to the buzz, Strait has announced that this is his farewell tour, a terrifying though that he would leave us to the tender mercies of Luke Bryan.