OFFSTAGE: George Strait Says to Hell With the Red Wine

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The comfortably-predictable thing about George Strait is that he always makes creating hit country songs seem so easy. His newest one, “Here for a Good Time,” is the latest proof of that. It was written by Strait, his son Bubba and longtime collaborator Dean Dillon. And while the song’s title doesn’t sound all that new and exciting (it actually makes it sound like a Friday night drinkin’ song, when it’s really more of an up-tempo “Live Like You Were Dying” anthem), you only need to hear it once to know why it’s already in the Top 10. With lines like, “To hell with the red wine, pour me some moonshine” and “I ain’t here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.” And here’s what Strait had to say about that songwriting session. “‘Here for a Good Time’ was an idea that my son had had, and Dean, he’s going like, ‘Well, Bubba, what have you got today?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I got this ‘I’m not here for a long time, but I’m here for a good time’ idea. Should we write it as a ballad? Or is it serious?’,” Strait recalled. “We decided it was a more fun idea than a more serious, so we wrote it that way.” Good call.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.