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Here for a Good Time

Here for a Good Time

by George StraitGeorge Strait


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Given its title, it's easy to assume Here for a Good Time -- George Strait's 39th album in 30 years -- would be a single-minded soundtrack to a never-ending party, but things are a little more complicated than that. Strait slips into a reflective mood almost immediately, settling into the wryly melancholy "Drinkin' Man" on the second song, setting a reflective tone he carries through much of the rest of the record, particularly on its companion piece, "Poison." These two tunes undercut Strait's rallying call for moonshine on the title track, but there's not a contradiction here so much as Strait serving the needs of the song, his weary regret reading as convincingly as his carefree partying. If the livelier numbers initially make the strongest impression -- whether it's Al Anderson's sunny pop opener "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" or a pair of fleet-footed blues in "Lone Star Blues" and "Blue Marlin Blues" -- it's the introspective moments that anchor the album and lend it a measure of gravity. And it is just measure enough -- a touch of an autumnal breeze arriving via his duet with Faith Hill on Jesse Winchester's "A Showman's Life," a passing acknowledgment of Strait's mortality on the sweetly sad "I'll Always Remember You" -- to give Here for a Good Time some emotional resonance.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602527784908
catalogNumber: 001592402


  1. Love's Gonna Make It Alright
  2. Drinkin' Man
  3. Shame on Me
  4. Poison
  5. Here for a Good Time
  6. House Across the Bay
  7. Lone Star Blues
  8. A Showman's Life
  9. Three Nails and a Cross
  10. Blue Marlin Blues
  11. I'll Always Remember You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Faith Hill   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Glenn Worf   Bass,Upright Bass
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Thom Flora   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
George Strait   Composer,Producer
Anderson   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer
Chuck Cannon   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Erv Woolsey   Management
Bobby Boyd   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Bubba Strait   Composer
Brandon Schexnayder   Engineer
Danny O'Brian   Booking

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