July 31, 2009 — A lot of father-son relationships are filled with animosity, but that's not the case in the George Strait household. In fact, George and his son, Bubba, are co-writers on the current hit "Living For The Night," one of three songs they had a hand in writing on George's forthcoming album Twang.
That's particularly unusual because George has, for the bulk of his career, left the writing to others. His 1995 compilation Strait Out Of The Box featured three obscure songs he wrote and recorded in the 1970s: "I Just Can't Go On Dying Like This," "(That Don't Change) The Way I Feel About You" and "I Don't Want To Talk It Over Anymore." The only other time he penned a song for one of his projects was "I Can't See Texas From Here," and that appeared on his Strait From The Heart album in 1982, meaning it's been 27 years since he recorded a new song he wrote for on e of his albums.
But when George ended that lull, he ended it big-time. He and Bubba actually wrote two more of the songs on Twang: "He's Got That Something Special" and "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind."
"Bubba had actually been writin' a bit," George told Buzz Brainard on on the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville, "and he kind of inspired me to get back into it, and so we started messin' around [with ideas]. Actually, Norma [George's wife] had the idea for 'Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind' and told Bubba, and he started writin' it. And then I kinda helped him out. Then we decided to continue on from there, and we were at the ranch writin' songs and decided it'd be pretty cool if Dean [Dillon] came down, so I called Dean, and a few days later he flew in and we spent about four or five days there writin' together."
Dean is no slouch when it comes to that line of work. He's written 14 of George's hits, including "Unwound," "Ocean Front Property," "Marina Del Rey" and "She Let Herself Go." Meanwhile, Bubba got yet another song onto Twang; it's titled "Arkansas Dave."
The Twang album is released Aug. 11.