It’s no secret that the Rare Country team loves George Strait. Strike that. LOVES George Strait. And we know that the King of Country Music, who is a longtime fan of Frank Sinatra, has very discerning taste in music. So, when George tapped Chris Stapleton to perform a duet of one of his big singles, well, it means more than just the usual thumbs up, you know?
During the recent Rebuild Texas fundraising concert in San Antonio, George invited Chris to join him for a performance of “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” the Top 10 single from the soundtrack for the movie “Pure Country.”
It’s worth noting that Chris ditched his usual retro cowboy hat here for what appears to be a beautifully shaped George Strait signature Silver Eagle Resistol.
Now, we doubt that the new lid had any more effect on Chris’ vocal performance than it does on George’s, but then again, how do you improve on perfection? But it sure did create a cool visual when the pair stood onstage together because, after all, being a cowboy isn’t just about riding horses and roping cattle. It’s about honor, respect, integrity, kindness, and honesty … and singing around the campfire.
OK, we added that last part.
It’s interesting that as country music traditionalists debate and argue about who is and isn’t “country,” Chris’ name occasionally gets tossed into the mix. In our book, if King George invites you to sing one of his most countryfied hits and you do it as beautifully as Chris did, then Hoss, you are as country as they get.
Stick that in your yeehaw.
This post was originally published on September 20, 2017.