by George Strait


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Every time you think George Strait can't top himself, he does. Deep in that New Traditionalist mode he helped pioneer, Honkytonkville brings a basic band, fiddles, ethereal pedal steels, and Strait's engaging baritone together on what may be the most meaningful collection of songs about love and loss he's ever put on one disc. From the opening twang of electric guitar on the bittersweet honky-tonk heartbreaker, "She Used to Say That to Me," to the final soft chords of the beautiful testimony to enduring love, "My Infinite Love," Honkytonkville's eloquent narratives play out gently or energetically, as the subject matter dictates, coming alive with Strait's interpretive skill. He's everybody's favorite party-hearty guy on the rollicking, Alan Jackson–style barn burner, "Honk if You Honky Tonk," and a credible reformed drunk with a wry sense of humor on the bopping "I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor." Ultimately, though, no one hits a ballad out of the ballpark like Strait does, and Honkytonkville is nothing if not a showcase for some of the most deeply felt laments he's ever delivered. Red Lane's spare, beautiful "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa," rises on a discreet wash of strings and acoustic guitar as Strait tries to find a reason to stay away from the place where he lost his true love. Vows of affection and devotion get no sweeter than those Strait pronounces in the lush, mid-tempo gem, "Heaven Is Missing an Angel," nor more jubilant and determined than in the percussive mid-tempo mission statement, "As Far as It Goes." Honkytonkville finds a country giant at his best, in a place you wanna be if you like it real and heartfelt.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817036328
catalogNumber: 000011402
Rank: 13636

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Keyboards
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White   Conductor
Glenn Worf   Bass,Upright Bass
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer
George Strait   Producer,Engineer
Buddy Brock   Composer
Monte Warden   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Tony Colton   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
John Guess   Engineer
Red Lane   Composer
Bruce Robison   Composer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Russell Smith   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger,String Arrangements
Billy Yates   Composer
Ken Mellons   Composer
Doug Powell   Composer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Kim Williams   Composer
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Tommy Douglas   Composer
Billy Lawson   Composer
Earl Clark   Composer
Bob DePiero   Composer
Dale Dodson   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Jerome Earnest   Composer
John Northrup   Composer
Greg Hudik   Composer
Annette Grossberg   Composer

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Honkytonkville 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best track on this album is the Billy Yates song "My Infinite Love" , the rest of the album seems like all the other George Strait songs. I wonder why his two albums of this year have not been released in UK? I had to order this from Alices Country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, the best album by George Strait ever. That includes Greatest Hits albums. Every song on this album is a highlight. "As Far As It Goes" is especially excellent. It is the best Strait song since "Write This Down." If you like traditional or contemporary country at all, buy this album. With the exception of Alan Jackson's "Drive," there has never been anything that comes close to this release. Strait's voice is in perfect form, especially on the Honky-Tonkin' tunes. Every song on this album will chart in the top 20 if released, and you can bet a lot of them will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All those who think Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw or Toby Keith are the kings of country music need to hear Honkytonkville. George Strait is back again with a fantastic album led by the smooth Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa. What a pleasant surprise, not one weak track on the whole album. From the track 1 (She Use To Say That To Me) to track 12 (My Infinite Love) Strait proves what all us hardcore country fans have always known. George Strait is the king of country music. Sorry Garth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just another reason to love George. This is a must buy. Even if you don't like country you will love this. George voice is in rare form. The song "desperately" my dad thinks of my mom who resently went to heaven.
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