George Strait Honky Tonk Time Machine

Honky Tonk Time Machine

George Strait

Released on March 29, 2019 by MCA Nashville

Main artist: George Strait

Genre: Country

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Austin's famed dancehall the Broken Spoke adorns the cover of Honky Tonk Time Machine, George Strait's 30th album. Look closely and it's possible to see a hint of the new apartment buildings that crowd this historic landmark: it's there on the right side, peeking into a frame that deliberately cuts out these modern monstrosities. This is all the better to present the Broken Spoke as the physical embodiment of the titular Honky Tonk Time Machine, a place that sends the listener back to another era. Strait's music -- always the same, always changing -- is a honky tonk time machine of its own, of course, adhering to traditions that seemed old-fashioned even when he delivered his debut, Strait Country, back in 1981. Honky Tonk Time Machine belongs in the same universe as Strait Country -- it may not have much in the way of Western Swing, but it's filled with barroom ballads, twanging shuffles, and a hint of Old Mexico -- but it's clearly and proudly the work of a veteran, one who isn't concerned with keeping up with trends. Working again with producer Chuck Ainlay and singing many songs co-written with his son Bubba and Dean Dillon, Strait doesn't attempt much new -- the biggest wrinkle is how he finally gets to "Sing One with Willie," a knowing, overdue, and delightful duet with Nelson, the other undisputed king of Texas country -- and in some respects, he trumpets that he's out of step with the times. Strait celebrates "God and Country Music," a sentimental ballad that gets sticky when kids are brought in for a chorus, and he sings about "The Weight of the Badge," a plaintive tribute to police that could be read as a protest within the charged climate of 2019. Of course, Strait doesn't throw bombs: "The Weight of the Badge" is nuanced and humanistic, qualities that animate the entirety of Honky Tonk Time Machine. Whether he's performing an ode to tequila, juke joints, or covering Johnny Paycheck's "Old Violin," Strait sings with humor, tenderness, and ease, qualities that lend the deliberately nostalgic Honky Tonk Time Machine grace, resonance, and depth. Perhaps this isn't a new trick for Strait, but it's one to be cherished nonetheless. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 13 tracks Total length : 00:46:09

  1. 1 Every Little Honky Tonk Bar

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums & Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - DEAN DILLON, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  2. 2 Two More Wishes

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Odie Blackmon, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - JIM LAUDERDALE, ComposerLyricist - Greg Morrow, Drums & Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, Synthesizer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  3. 3 Some Nights

    Stuart Duncan, Mandolin, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip White, ComposerLyricist - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brice Long, ComposerLyricist - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  4. 4 God And Country Music

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Laird, ComposerLyricist - Barry Dean, ComposerLyricist - Lori McKenna, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harvey Strait, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  5. 5 Blue Water

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums & Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - DEAN DILLON, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  6. 6 Sometimes Love

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, Synthesizer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - DEAN DILLON, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Ilya Toshinskiy, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Boettger, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  7. 7 Codigo

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Accordion, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - DEAN DILLON, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  8. 8 Old Violin

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Johnny Paycheck, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  9. 9 Take Me Away

    Stuart Duncan, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - DEAN DILLON, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  10. 10 The Weight Of The Badge

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, Dumbeq, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - DEAN DILLON, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  11. 11 Honky Tonk Time Machine

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brice Long, ComposerLyricist - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bart Butler, ComposerLyricist - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  12. 12 What Goes Up

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Hightower, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Hyde, ComposerLyricist - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Marty Slayton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  13. 13 Sing One With Willie

    Stuart Duncan, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Nelson, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Mason, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JT Corenflos, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - BUDDY CANNON, ComposerLyricist - Greg Morrow, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MAC MCANALLY, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Rojas, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - George Strait, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bubba Strait, ComposerLyricist - Brandon Schexnayder, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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  • Austin's famed dancehall the Broken Spoke adorns the cover of Honky Tonk Time Machine, George Strait's 30th album. Look closely and it's possible to see a hint of the new apartment buildings that crowd this historic landmark: it's there on the right side, peeking into a frame that deliberately cuts out these modern monstrosities. This is all the better to present the Broken Spoke as the physical embodiment of the titular Honky Tonk Time Machine, a place that sends the listener back to another era. Strait's music -- always the same, always changing -- is a honky tonk time machine of its own, of course, adhering to traditions that seemed old-fashioned even when he delivered his debut, Strait Country, back in 1981. Honky Tonk Time Machine belongs in the same universe as Strait Country -- it may not have much in the way of Western Swing, but it's filled with barroom ballads, twanging shuffles, and a hint of Old Mexico -- but it's clearly and proudly the work of a veteran, one who isn't concerned with keeping up with trends. Working again with producer Chuck Ainlay and singing many songs co-written with his son Bubba and Dean Dillon, Strait doesn't attempt much new -- the biggest wrinkle is how he finally gets to "Sing One with Willie," a knowing, overdue, and delightful duet with Nelson, the other undisputed king of Texas country -- and in some respects, he trumpets that he's out of step with the times. Strait celebrates "God and Country Music," a sentimental ballad that gets sticky when kids are brought in for a chorus, and he sings about "The Weight of the Badge," a plaintive tribute to police that could be read as a protest within the charged climate of 2019. Of course, Strait doesn't throw bombs: "The Weight of the Badge" is nuanced and humanistic, qualities that animate the entirety of Honky Tonk Time Machine. Whether he's performing an ode to tequila, juke joints, or covering Johnny Paycheck's "Old Violin," Strait sings with humor, tenderness, and ease, qualities that lend the deliberately nostalgic Honky Tonk Time Machine grace, resonance, and depth. Perhaps this isn't a new trick for Strait, but it's one to be cherished nonetheless. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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