Longtime country music fans all wiped a tear when George Strait announced that he was retiring from touring. It took a minute to realize that he would still be recording and, from time to time, his boots would grace stages in Las Vegas, Texas and even Tennessee again. But would he come back a lesser version of George?
Not. At. All.
On August 24, George participated in a Jerry Lee Lewis tribute at Nashville’s “Skyville”—the live, but intimate concert experience shot in Nashville. And while we love hearing The King sing his own signature hits, this was a tribute, so he sang Jerry Lee’s signature hit, ”Great Balls of Fire.”
We don’t often hear the laid back cowboy sing such rock ’n’ roll romps, but once again, he has proved to us why he is country music’s king. With ample amounts of Texas swagger and a youthful energy in his voice that belies his silver hair, he peels off those sassy lyrics, bouncing along with the beat, and it is beyond fun.
And when he growls that line, “Oooooooo … it feels good,” does it ever feel good!
OK, it wasn’t “Amarillo By Morning,” or “Unwound,” but anywhere, any place, any time you get a chance to hear George Strait sing anything is a good time.