Looking Back At George Strait & Jamey Johnson’s Middle Finger To Country Radio: “Kicked Outta Country”

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Nowadays, it’s almost become trendy to call out the powers that be in country music.

I said almost…

Whether it’s Kelly Clarkson’s rant about the state of country music, Tyler Childers’ rejection of the term “Americana” for traditional country artists that the radio won’t play, or the dozens of artists addressing the lack of women on country radio, it’s no secret that country music as a whole has had its ass held to the fire early and often in the past few years.

Not nearly as early, and definitely not as often, as it should be, but hey, it’s a start…

But remember back in 2016, it was the great George Strait and the great Jamey Johnson that collaborated on an unapologetic “F you” to country radio with “Kicked Outta Country.”

“I just got the news today,
The record I sent them: they threw it away
It don’t fit the format, don’t make the list
They say I’m too old, won’t even be missed

Well, It don’t really matter, ’cause I ain’t gonna change
‘Cause getting kicked outta country, won’t hurt a thing.”

There was also this line in the song about  how “one day country came calling again,” just like it did for the legends of the past, and well… with the release of George’s Honky Tonk Time Machine album, which at one point the best selling album of 2019, along with a Top 20 single at country radio, it looks like King George got the last laugh now that country came calling again.

One more time with that chorus again…

“Well, It don’t really matter, ’cause I ain’t gonna change
‘Cause getting kicked outta country, won’t hurt a thing.”

Didn’t hurt a DAMN thing.

Long live the King.

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George Strait Duets With Miranda Lambert

Two of Texas’ finest.

Back in 2014, George Strait performed the final show of his touring career at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for a crowd of over 104,000 people. To this day, it’s the largest single-show stadium attendance on American soil.

George also recorded an album featuring performances from that show, and it featured a number of famous friends. Titled The Cowboy Rides Away Tour: Live from AT&T Stadium, it featured duets with Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson and more.

And it also featured fellow Texan Miranda Lambert.

Singing “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” and one of my all-time favorites, “Run,” Miranda’s performance was one of the highlights of the show.

She intro’d the performance with a heartfelt little story about touring with George all the way back in 2006, and how she got into a fight with her dad after getting her first tattoo. George, being the sweetheart that he is, got a bunch of fake tattoos for the crew to smooth everything over with dad.

And the rest was history.

So without further ado, the great George Strait, and the always impressive Miranda Lambert, singing “How ‘Bout The Cowgirls” and George’s 2001 hit, “Run.”

George Strait Brings Out Miranda Lambert In Las Vegas

George Strait treated fans to a surprise performance of “Run” featuring a fellow Texas superstar, the great Miranda Lambert.

A giddy Miranda Lambert walked on stage and shouted:

“That’s the King right there!”

And when King George asked her how she was doing, she said:

“Damn glad to be right here right now… Texans are very, very proud, we love to sing all about Texas.”

From Strait’s 2001 platinum album, The Road Less Traveled, “Run” was originally released as the lead single from the album in September. One of George’s most underrated hits, adding Miranda into the mix just makes it that much better.

George made a stop at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas during NFR week for a two night run as a part of his Strait To Vegas residency.

The King will return to Sin City in February of 2022 for two more shows.

And who could forget that “Run” duet from the 54th Annual ACM Awards?

Like I said… all damn day.

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