Hear George Strait’s Good-Timing New Song ‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’Rolling Stone — Stephen L. Betts
“Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” is the latest track to be unveiled from country icon George Strait’s forthcoming album. A zesty, twang-filled song, it opens the new LP titled Honky Tonk Time Machine. It’s also a superb throwback to some of the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s most lively floor-fillers. Penned by Strait with his son Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” is one of eight of the album’s 13 cuts co-written by the King of Country Music.
Debuted during Strait’s December 7th concert in Las Vegas last year, he told the crowd the song was written during a late-night session and was inspired by Bubba’s tongue-twisting opening line, “Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge.” In addition to a soulful bit of B-3 organ, the tune bounces along with fiddles and steel guitar and a lively vocal from the 66-year-old entertainer.
Honky Tonk Time Machine, out March 29th, will mark Strait’s 30th studio album, and follows 2015’s Cold Beer Conversation. In addition to the 12 originals, the LP includes a cover of the Johnny Paycheck hit “Old Violin.” In December, he also debuted another track from the upcoming project, “Código,” an homage to his own brand of tequila, and earlier this month issued “God and Country Music,” featuring his grandson, Harvey. Strait recently returned to Las Vegas to continue his residency with a pair of shows that featured opener Ashley McBryde.