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Strait enters "Honky Tonk Time Machine"

Friday, February 1, 2019 – George Strait announced today he would release "Honky Tonk Time Machine" on March 29 on MCA Nashville.

Comprised of 12 original titles plus Strait's version of the Johnny Paycheck classic "Old Violin," Honky Tonk Time Machine is Strait's 30th studio release. Strait, who produced the album alongside Chuck Ainlay, wrote eight of the 13 tracks including "Sing One with Willie" featuring Willie Nelson that the pair debuted at a recent Nashville show marking the first time the two have ever shared the stage.

Strait rarely used to write any of his own material, but that has changed in recent years. He did most of the writing for "Honky Tonk Time Machine" with his son Bubba and long-time songwriter Dean Dillon, who has penned many songs for Strait.

Strait teased the album on social media on Thursday with a graphic and the words "God and Country Music." That's the name of a song penned by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna, introduces a very special vocal guest, Strait's grandson, Harvey Strait.

"I'm really excited to have some new music coming out," said Strait. "It's been about two years since I've released a record. It was great writing with Bubba (Strait's son) and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde. Also, it was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend Willie Nelson. I hope everyone enjoys listening to Honky Tonk Time Machine as much as I enjoyed making it."

The track listing is:
1. "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
2. "Two More Wishes" - Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
3. "Some Nights" - Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
4. "God and Country Music" (with Harvey Strait) - Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
5. "Blue Water" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6. "Sometimes Love" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
7. "C"digo" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
8. "Old Violin" - Johnny Paycheck
9. "Take Me Away" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
10. "The Weight of the Badge" - George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. "Honky Tonk Time Machine" - Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
12. "What Goes Up"- George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
13. "Sing One with Willie" (featuring Willie Nelson) - George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon

This weekend, Strait will play his 21st and 22nd sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The "Strait to Vegas" series began with six shows in 2016 and extended with 10 more in 2017. In 2018, Strait headlined Bayou Country Superfest to a sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome crowd in New Orleans, two nights in Tulsa, Okl. and one night in Austin. This year, fans can catch Strait at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on March 30, Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on June 8, two additional engagements of "Strait to Vegas on Aug. 23 and 24 and Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Nov. 22 and, due to overwhelming demand, a second show on Nov. 23, with tickets going on sale Friday, Feb. 8.

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