• GEORGE STRAIT BRINGS HIS CODIGO TO ALL 50 STATES.

    George Strait didn’t just write and record a song called “Código,” he’s also one of the investors in the company producing Código 1530 tequila. He didn’t mean to get into the liquor business, but when he was playing golf down in Mexico with a couple of friends, one brought a bottle of it to the course, where they sipped it. George said it was the best tequila he has ever tasted.

    “The tequila itself, we started thinking about doing something – or at least I did – probably 10 years ago when I first tasted it down in Mexico,” recalls George. “My friend Feddy and Ron, those two guys that are involved in Código now. We were all out playing golf and Feddy brought this tequila out, well, it didn’t even have a name. Nobody had ever tried it. He said, ‘You guys gotta try this. It’s the best tequila that there is.’ So, we did, and then we started taking bottles home that weren’t marked or anything, and we were going, ‘How are we gonna get this into the States?’ ‘Cause I would get some of my friends to try it, and they loved it and we just thought it would be a great thing to have it in the States.”

    He adds, “None of us were really looking to try to get in to a new business, honestly. I do what I do. Feddy was a very successful real estate guy in Cabo, and Ron was formerly the CEO, the guy at Crocs. And so, we just decided we wanted to do it, and here we are two-and-a-half years into the deal and we’re in all 50 states. So, I think that’s pretty good. It’s doing really well.”

    George is making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” from his Billboard No. 1 album, Honky Tonk Time Machine.

    You can catch George performing at Ohio Stadium in Columbus (Ohio) June 8th and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass August 17th. For more information, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

    Audio / George Strait explains how he got into the tequila business.

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    George Strait (Código tequila) OC: …really well. 1:18
    “The tequila itself, we started thinking about doing something – or at least I did – probably 10 years ago when I first tasted it down in Mexico. My friend Feddy and Ron, those two guys that are involved in Código now. We were all out playing golf and Feddy brought this tequila out, well, it didn’t even have a name. Nobody had ever tried it. He said, ‘You guys gotta try this. It’s the best tequila that there is.’ So, we did, and then we started taking bottles home that weren’t marked or anything, and we were going, ‘How are we gonna get this into the States?’ ‘Cause I would get some of my friends to try it, and they loved it and we just thought it would be a great thing to have it in the States. And finally after so many years of talking, we finally just did it. None of us were really looking to try to get in to a new business, honestly. I do what I do. Feddy was a very successful real estate guy in Cabo, and Ron was formerly the CEO, the guy at Crocs. And so, we just decided we wanted to do it, and here we are two-and-a-half years into the deal and we’re in all 50 states. So, I think that’s pretty good. It’s doing really well.”

     

  • GEORGE STRAIT’S NEW ALBUM HONKY TONK TIME MACHINE TRAVELS STRAIGHT TO NO. 1.

    George Strait further cemented his iconic status within the history of country music today with a record-making 27th No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart with his latest, Honky Tonk Time MachineWith 51,000 equivalent album units, the album also lands at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and marks the largest week of 2019 for any country album.

    As reported by Billboard, “George Strait extends his record for the most No. 1s in the five-decade history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, as the King of Country logs his 27th leader with the chart-topping debut of Honky Tonk Time Machine.”

    Produced by George Strait and Chuck Ainley, Honky Tonk Time Machine includes 13 tracks, eight of which were written by Strait himself. The album includes “Sing One with Willie” featuring Willie Nelson and Strait’s own take on the Johnny Paycheck classic “Old Violin.”  Listen to Honky Tonk Time Machine HERE.

    Strait kicked off his album launch with a sold-out show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Performing hits from across his 30+ year career plus debuting songs from the new album, the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes, “More than 50,000 sang along heartily” with Strait, “a guy who can command a massive audience merely by tapping his right boot heel.”

    This week, Strait’s loyal fans also propelled his current single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” to the Top 20 on the country music charts. “‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’ offers a variation on the title track’s good-times escapism, in this case with a vivid image of ‘the stool [that] holds the fool that pours the whiskey on his broken heart,’” notes theLos Angeles Times.

    Honky Tonk Time Machine Track Listing:
    1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    2. “Two More Wishes”
    Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
    3. “Some Nights”
    Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
    4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
    Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
    5. “Blue Water”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    6. “Sometimes Love”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    7. “Código”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    8. “Old Violin”
    Written by Johnny Paycheck
    9. “Take Me Away”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    10. “The Weight of the Badge”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
    Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
    12. “What Goes Up”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
    13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
    Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

    With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30-year career, Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” He has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and ranking third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

    The Country Music Hall of Famer recently played his 21st and 22nd sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The “Strait to Vegas” series began with six shows in 2016 and extended with 10 more in 2017. In 2018, Strait headlined Bayou Country Superfest to a sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd in New Orleans, Louisiana, two nights in Tulsa, Oklahoma and one night in Austin, Texas. This year, fans can catch Strait at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on June 8; at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Aug. 17; at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 22 and 23; and four additional “Strait to Vegas” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 23 and 24, and Dec. 6 and 7. Tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

  • GEORGE STRAIT HAS PLAYED EVERY LITTLE HONKY TONK BAR.

    Early in George Strait’s career, he played every little honky tonk bar in Texas you could think of, and the Broken Spoke which is featured on the cover of his new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, was one he played quite often. Whereas now he has fans standing in front of the stage and standing in their seats to watch him perform, if you didn’t have the crowd dancing in a honky tonk, you weren’t doing your job.

    “All of those honky tonks have a really, really great feel to ‘em. I mean, they’re very intimate,” says George. “Of course, in those days, the crowds weren’t standing at the front of the stage. They were dancing. That was what it was all about. If they weren’t dancing, you probably weren’t doing too good.”

    While he played several of the honky tonks, George does have a few favorites. “If I had to pick three of the best honky tonks that I ever worked in those days, I think it would be Gruene (pr. Green) Hall, Cheatham Street Warehouse and Broken Spoke.”

    King George just released his 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, last week, and he is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.”

    Audio / George Strait talks about the best honky tonks he ever played.

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    George Strait (best honky tonks he’s worked in) OC: …Broken Spoke. :27
    “All of those honky tonks have a really, really great feel to ‘em. I mean, they’re very intimate. Of course, in those days, the crowds weren’t standing at the front of the stage. They were dancing. That was what it was all about. If they weren’t dancing, you probably weren’t doing too good. If I had to pick three of the best honky tonks that I ever worked in those days, I think it would be Gruene Hall, Cheatham Street Warehouse and Broken Spoke.”

  • GEORGE STRAIT KNOWS “THE WEIGHT OF THE BADGE.”

    George Strait pays tribute to police officers with “The Weight of the Badge,” a song from his new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. He wrote the song with his son, Bubba, and frequent collaborator Dean Dillon, after an encounter with an officer during the ceremony honoring him with the Texan of the Year Award.

    “Last year, me and Bubba, Tamara and Harvey, everybody Norma, and even Jilliann, I think were there, and I had security, I had an officer who was talking to Harvey and letting him play with his badge and hold it and pinning it on his shirt. And I just got to thinking about that because it really wasn’t that heavy until you put it on it and then it means, it really gets heavy,” says George. “So, that was one of those things I thought was a real important message especially these days and times.”

    In addition to his new album containing such an impactful song as “The Weight of the Badge,” the collection also features his Top 20 smash, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.”

    George will perform at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on June 8th, followed by a show at Gillette Stadium on August 17th. Tickets are now on sale.

    Audio / George Strait explains the inspiration behind "The Weight of the Badge," which appears on his album, Honky Tonk Time Machine.

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    George Strait (The Weight of the Badge) 1 OC: …it turned out. :45

    “‘The Weight of the Badge, the idea for that song came about when I got the Texan of the Year award about a year ago, I guess, last year, me and Bubba, Tamara and Harvey, everybody Norma, and even Jilliann, I think were there, and I had security you know I had an officer who was talking to Harvey and letting him play with his badge and hold it and pinning it on his shirt. And I just got to thinking about that because it really wasn’t that heavy until you put it on it and then it means, it really gets heavy. So, that was one of those things I thought was a real important message especially these days and times. I love the way it turned out.”

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  • GEORGE STRAIT’S HONKY TONK TIME MACHINE OUT NOW!

    Iconic entertainer George Strait continues his reign as the King of Country Music with the release today of his 30th career studio album Honky Tonk Time Machine. The brand-new album, which includes Strait’s latest radio single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” is now available for download HERE.

    Los Angeles Times notes, “George Strait calls his new album Honky Tonk Time Machine, but it’s hard to think of a country star less in need of one of those.” While Rolling Stone calls it “a signature set of Texas soul and swing.”

    Produced by George Strait and Chuck Ainley, Honky Tonk Time Machine includes 13 tracks, eight of which were written by Strait himself. Stand-out tracks include “Sing One with Willie” featuring Willie Nelson and Strait’s version of the Johnny Paycheck classic “Old Violin.” Yet, perhaps the most notable and sentimental highlight of the album is “God and Country Music.” Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna, the song features a very special vocal guest, Strait’s grandson, Harvey Strait.

    To further celebrate the release of Honky Tonk Time Machine, the Texas native will travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday (March 30) to play in front of a sold-out crowd alongside openers Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. The performance will serve as Strait’s first visit to Atlanta since his 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

    Honky Tonk Time Machine track list

    1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon

    1. “Two More Wishes”
      Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
    2. “Some Nights”
      Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
    3. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
      Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
    4. “Blue Water”
      Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    5. “Sometimes Love”
      Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    6. “Código”
      Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    7. “Old Violin”
      Written by Johnny Paycheck
    8. “Take Me Away”
      Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    9. “The Weight of the Badge”
      Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    10. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
      Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
    11. “What Goes Up”
      Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
    12. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
      Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy CannonWith an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30-year career, Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” He has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and ranking third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

      The Country Music Hall of Famer recently played his 21st and 22nd sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The “Strait to Vegas” series began with six shows in 2016 and extended with 10 more in 2017. In 2018, Strait headlined Bayou Country Superfest to a sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd in New Orleans, Louisiana, two nights in Tulsa, Oklahoma and one night in Austin, Texas. This year, fans can catch Strait at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on June 8, two additional engagements of “Strait to Vegas” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 23 and 24 and Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on November 22 and, due to overwhelming demand, has added a second show on November 23, with tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.GeorgeStrait.com.

  • GEORGE STRAIT RELEASES A MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIS SONG “Código.”

    Not only did George Strait release his 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, today (March 29th), but he also released a new video for the song “Código,” which was filmed at the actual distillery where the tequila is made. Check it out below.

     

    The troubadour will hit the stage this Saturday (March 30th) with a show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, along with a stellar lineup of opening acts, including Chris Stapleton, Ashley McBryde and Chris Janson.

    Buy/Stream Link (all accounts): http://strm.to/HonkyTonkTimeMachine

    Listen, Follow and Share the STRAIT COUNTRY PLAYLIST HERE. (A playlist curated by George.)

  • GEORGE STRAIT READIES HIS NEW ALBUM, HONKY TONK TIME MACHINE.

    George Strait is set to release his new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, on Friday (March 29th). The Texas native produced his 30th studio album alongside Chuck Ainlay and wrote 8 of the 13 songs, including his current Top 20 single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” and a song he co-wrote with the legendary Willie Nelson, marking the first time the pair have collaborated on a song.

    George says he wants to make records for as long as he can. “I love making records,” says George. “It’s fun going into the studio, the whole process of putting the record together is fun for us. So, I’ve got a great team, and I’m just gonna keep doing it as long as I can. That’s my plan anyway.”

    Honky Tonk Time Machine track listing:
    1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    2. “Two More Wishes”
    Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
    3. “Some Nights”
    Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
    4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
    Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
    5. “Blue Water”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    6. “Sometimes Love”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    7. “Código”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    8. “Old Violin”
    Written by Johnny Paycheck
    9. “Take Me Away”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    10. “The Weight of the Badge”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
    11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
    Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
    12. “What Goes Up”
    Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
    13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
    Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

    The Country Music Hall of Famer will hit the stage this Saturday (March 30th) with a show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, along with a stellar lineup of opening acts, including Chris Stapleton, Ashley McBryde and Chris Janson.

    Audio / George Strait says he’s going to make records for as long as he can.

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    George Strait (on making records) OC: …my plan anyway. :12
    “I love making records. It’s fun going into the studio, the whole process of putting the record together is fun for us. So, I’ve got a great team, and I’m just gonna keep doing it as long as I can. That’s my plan anyway.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Honky Tonk Time Machine available this week)

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  • GEORGE STRAIT ENLISTS HIS GRANDSON HARVEY FOR HIS SONG “GOD AND COUNTRY MUSIC.”

    George Strait is set to release his brand new studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, on Friday (March 29th). For the new project, the Country Music Hall of Famer enlisted the help of a very special guest, his grandson Harvey, on the song “God and Country Music,” which George hopes will be the first of many times he’ll collaborate with him.

    “When I recorded this record, we did it in Key West and I had my grandson down there with me, and we went every day to the studio, and so he’d have to get his charts and lyrics and follow along with everybody else,” says George. “But we ended up putting him on the song ‘God and Country Music,’ and he’s there on the end of it. It’s the first time I’ve ever got to sing with my grandson; maybe it’s the first of many.”

    George says the recording process was pretty fun with his young protégé. “I went in there and I kinda did it with him, and then I would kinda just back out and leave him, and so that’s how it worked out,” he says. “He was all for it. He was all about doing it. He got really involved in that record. For six years old [laughs], that’s pretty good.”

    George is scaling the country charts with his latest song, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” which is poised to enter the Top 20.

    The troubadour will hit the stage this Saturday (March 30th) with a show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, along with a stellar lineup of opening acts, including Chris Stapleton, Ashley McBryde and Chris Janson.

    In addition to the release of his new album on Friday, tickets for his Gillette Stadium show in August go on sale as well.

    For more information on his new album, shows and more, go to georgestrait.com.

    Audio / George Strait explains how his grandson Harvey ended up on his new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine.

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    George Strait (Harvey on God and Country Music)  OC: …first of many. :30
    “When I recorded this record, we did it in Key West and I had my grandson down there with me, and we went every day to the studio, and so he’d have to get his charts and lyrics and follow along with everybody else. But we ended up putting him on the song ‘God and Country Music,’ and he’s there on the end of it. It’s the first time I’ve ever got to sing with my grandson; maybe it’s the first of many.”

    Audio / George Strait says his grandson Harvey was a pro in the recording studio.

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    George Strait (Harvey on God and Country Music) 2 OC: …pretty good. :18
    “It took us several takes. I went in there and I kinda did it with him, and then I would kinda just back out and leave him, and so that’s how it worked out. But he was all for it. He was all about doing it. He got really involved in that record. For six years old [laughs], that’s pretty good.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Honky Tonk Time Machine available this week)

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    Audio / LINER George Strait (Honky Tonk Time Machine available now)

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  • THE ACM AWARDS HAVE ADDED SEVERAL ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS TO THE LIST OF PERFORMANCES THIS YEAR.

    The Academy of Country Music just announced new all-star collaborations for this year’s ACM Awards. The show will once again feature “ACM Flashbacks,” a fan favorite moment honoring classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. This year’s “ACM Flashbacks” will feature the King of Country Music and 24-time ACM Award winner George Strait performing with Miranda Lambert, as well as new Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Brooks & Dunn performing with Luke Combs.

    Additional collaborations include Dierks Bentley & Brandi CarlileEric Church & Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris with Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson Dan + Shay with Kelly ClarksonFlorida Georgia Line & Jason Aldean, and global superstar Khalid with Kane Brown.

    Other previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett and LANCO. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming week.

    The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

  • GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES A SHOW AT GILLETTE STADIUM.

    George Strait has announced he’ll headline a show at Gillette Stadium August 17th. Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson and Caitlyn Smith will open for King George, but we’re not entirely sure Blake is aware he’ll be supporting one of his musical idols (see video below). Tickets for the stadium show will go on sale Friday, March 29th at 10am ET.

     

    George is zooming up the country charts with his song, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” from his brand new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, which is available March 29th.