He’s had 60 No. 1 singles (including this year’s “Give It All We Got Tonight”), and he’s sold more than 70 million albums, so it’s a little hard to believe George Strait has any significant career regrets. But in a recent interview, he did reveal one.
“If I have one regret in my career — which has been great and it’s hard to come up with one — but, if I have one [it’s] that I kind of quit writing for years,” Strait admitted to CMT. “Because starting out, I loved to write and wrote a lot and then I just kind of got away from it.”
Early in his career Strait penned a few songs, such as the upbeat honky-tonker “I Can’t See Texas From Here” from his 1982 album Strait from the Heart.
However, as many country artists do, he soon turned to Nashville’s seasoned community of songwriters for material.
“I found great songs from great writers in Nashville,” he explained. “But now I’m getting back into it more, so I’m enjoying that a lot.”
On his last three albums, Strait has written or cowritten 13 songs including “Here for a Good Time,” “Drinkin’ Man” and “I Believe.” The latter is the latest single from his most recent release, Love is Everything.
Strait recently announced dates for the second leg of his Cowboy Rides Away Tour next year. Lee Ann Womack, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert are among the artists who plan to join him for that journey. The tour begins Jan. 9 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
– Ashley Quadros, KNCI/Sacramento