George Strait is giving away his biggest hits for Texas favorites to cover Josh Abbott Band/YouTube screenshot
Josh Abbott Band/YouTube screenshot

Ohmigosh – the biggest day of the year is almost here!

No, it’s not Thanksgiving or even Christmas. George Strait’s new album, “Strait Out of the Box: Part 2,” will be in stores Nov. 18, and we can hardly wait. So, of course, we’ve been trolling YouTube finding all of the great Strait covers that we can cram into our ears and among our favorites are those classic George Strait covers as performed by the King’s fellow Texas country stars.

We’ve already shared a few of them with you, but as release day gets closer, we’re finding new ones every single day, including Josh Abbott Band’s cover of the great kiss-off song “Give It Away.”

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If Josh’s name sounds familiar, you may have seen the dramatic video for his current single, “Amnesia.” You may also know his 2010 classic, “She’s Like Texas,” or his 2011 collaboration with Kacey Musgraves, “Oh, Tonight.” The Josh Abbott Band is a huge favorite in college towns, not just in Texas, but nationwide.

“Give It Away” was recorded by Texas’ most successful country star and covered by one of the Lone Star State’s hottest young stars, but it’s roots are actually deep in Nashville, written by Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon. The CMA song of the year and ACM single and song of the year was George’s 41st No. 1 single and appears to have been inspired by real life. In fact, when Jamey accepted his ACM trophy, he simply thanked his ex-wife.

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Now, you can hear George sing “Give It Away” on the next box set, but if it’s more Josh Abbott Band you’re after, check out his newest album, “Front Row Seat.”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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