George Strait had planned to stop touring in 2014 after a lifetime on the road. But before he hung up his hat his final “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour featured some of the biggest names of country music joining him on stage to sing some of his classics.
That includes a performance with Eric Church in Kansas City of Strait’s “Easy Come, Easy Go.” A fan captured the performance, and, if this was your first listen, it would almost seem as if it were written as a duet with Church in mind. He slips in perfectly into the song.
“Easy Come, Easy Go” reached No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 1993. And it’s one of his more beloved songs about a mutual break-up. Church’s sensibilities and sound fit so well with the tone.
Strait still tours, and he still features some of the biggest names as guests at his shows. He postponed most of his 2020 dates because of the coronavirus pandemic but plans to make up those shows this year.
Rare Early Recording of George Strait Single Surfaces
It’s hard to think of George Strait as ever not being famous. He’s such a staple of the country scene that him not being in it seems impossible. But recently, an early recording of “I Just Can’t Go On Dying Like This.”
Strait wrote and recorded the song in 1976 for the indie label D Records. And it features some of the things that would be hallmarks in Strait’s music. “I Just Can’t Go On Dying Like This” follows a relationship that is well past its sell-by date and a narrator who can’t seem to walk away.
“Can I see you tonight? / Baby, I’ll act just like you want me to / Or is that just exactly what I’m not supposed to do?” he sings.
However, he does know that he “just can’t go on dying like this.”
“I’m driving in my car alone / You called me on the telephone / How many times will it take till I’m convinced/ That you’re using me,” sings Strait. “I’m just a used-to-be/ It’s a lie, I know it’s a lie/ But I just can’t go on dying like this.”
The song got little attention at the time. But Strait re-recorded it for his ninth studio album Strait Out of the Box.