On This Date: George Strait Released His 1992 Motion Picture Sountrack ‘Pure Country’

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Pure Country

The 13th studio album from The King.

Pure Country is unlike any other album from George Strait as it accompanies the musical motion picture of the same title.

Released on September 15, 1992, the album would come a month before the movie’s release, allowing fans to sit with the music before watching Strait play Dusty Chandler on the big screen.

Released via MCA Records, the album was a huge commercial success for Strait, leading to over six million copies.

But let’s face it, how are you not going to love a soundtrack that tells the tale of a fictional character singing with George Strait’s voice, played by George Strait? He was (and still is) a country music heartthrob.

“When you hear twin fiddles and a steel guitar, you know you’re ready for some ‘Pure Country.'”

The King shared on Instagram in honor of the album turning thirty-one years old.

The album is filled with Texas twangers, including “I Cross My Heart,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” “Thoughts Of A Fool,” and “Heartland.”

This album was also the beginning of Strait’s longstanding relationship with producer Tony Brown, which lasted through his 2015 album Cold Beer Conversation. The sound that Brown and Strait curated in the studio together led to many more hits to come over the years.

The album is filled with real country music, and the film highlights an aspiring country star and how lonely it sometimes is. Some ironic parallels, but makes for a sensational viewing and listening experience.

The cowboy always wins in the end…

Check out the trailer for the film that inspired the music on the album.

And give a few tracks a listen while you’re here.


“I Cross My Heart”


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock