Country Throwback: George Strait Releases ‘The Road Less Traveled’ Album On This Day in 2001

by Jennifer Shea
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In a throwback post, country music star George Strait is celebrating the anniversary of his 2001 album “The Road Less Traveled.”

“Today’s album anniversary will be sure to leave you with a smile,” Strait tweeted Friday, adding that he released “The Road Less Traveled” on this day in 2001. “What is your favorite hit from this classic?” 

Strait Remembers a Classic

Strait also tweeted a link to his album on Spotify.

The album went platinum. It also included several No. 1 hit songs.

Rolling Stone said it was superior to Strait’s previous releases. The magazine called it an album of “good, solid country songs, occasionally elevated to greatness by Strait’s inimitable laid-back delivery and crack studio band.”

An Honest Country Singer

Meanwhile, Strait told Billboard in 2001 that the album is so powerful because of its honesty. 

“It tells the truth somewhat,” he said, and mentioned the title track, which Buddy Brock and longtime Strait contributor Dean Dillon wrote. “I try to do my own thing and do what’s right for me and not be pushed into doing things I don’t want to do. Not that Dean necessarily wrote it for me, because he’s taken the road less traveled himself.

“But it’s about the choices you have to make,” he went on. “Like when I decided I wasn’t going to do interviews for a while. I had my reasons, and if it was going to cost me my career, that’s just the way it was going to be, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

Moreover, Strait said he’s had to stay true to himself in making those choices. And he waved off any suggestion of pop crossover plans.

“I’m a country singer,” he said. “I love all kinds of music, but country is where my loyalty lies. That’s just me and what I do, and I’m not going to change it.”