Friday, October 23, 2009

One of the Strait man's best now... Prime Country, Sirius Ch. 61: "Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend, and if you do...well then don't be, afraid to take me by the hand, if you want to...I think this is how love goes, check yes or no..."
One of the previously unreleased tunes from Strait's 4-cd career retrospective Strait Out Of The box, "Check Yes Or No" ultimately showed itself to be another example of George Strait's unerring ear for songs as was everything else in that set; the song spent four weeks at No. 1 in the fall of 1995 and to this day is a staple of Strait's live show. Even back then I thought it was amazing that Strait could have that kind of success -- both in the record stores and on the radio -- after most of his contemporaries were left behind in the wake of what everyone called "the new breed" of stars coming along in the early 1990s. Looking back I see it as nothing short of a miracle. I know I am a fan, with all the biases that come with that, but I still think his success and longevity make for a real testament to his artistry.