George Strait Celebrates Anniversary of ‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’

by Kayla Zadel

George Strait is celebrating the second anniversary of his hit song “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.” And how is the King of Country Music marking the milestone? Well, he’s sharing a post on social media.

Strait tweets a photo of himself, cheesin’ for the camera. “L-I-V-I-N’ for today’s anniversary of #EveryLittleHonkyTonkBar! 🤠 🍻,” the tweet reads. And we are H-E-R-E for it.

George Strait looks like his classic self, holding a black, acoustic guitar and wearing a starched button-down shirt and cowboy hat.

The lead single from the album is co-written by Strait, his son Bubba, and frequent collaborator Dean Dillion. The track was written during a late-night session that obviously inspired the tongue-twisting opening line.

“Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge.”

The song goes on to talk about late nights spent in bars under the neon lights. And after a while, it all just becomes a blur, because you know how it goes after a long night of drinking.

“Friday night, it’s a given / I’ll be L-I-V-N, livin’ / We’ll dance on the bar ’til we’re sleeping it off in the car / Monday morning, it’s a given / I’ll be D-R-A-G-N, draggin’ / And that’s what happens in every little honky-tonk bar,” Strait sings in the chorus.

Strait debuted the song during a live show in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2018. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Country Airplay. This was the King’s first top 20 hit on the chart since 2013’s tune, “I Got a Car.”

What’s more, the catchy two-stepping tune also reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The Texan Takes on Tequila

Yes, there are many celebrities that back different types of alcohol as of late. But George Strait has been behind Código 1530 since 2017.

“We knew we had a very special product and just needed to give it some exposure,” he tells Cowboys & Indians in an interview.

Some might say that his smooth, singing voice and this newer endeavor go hand-in-hand. Strait is proud to be apart of the tequila brand. He even made a music video at the distillery for his song “Código.”

“I’d decided to make a music video for my song ‘Código’ and I wanted to do it down in Mexico at our distillery. So, while we were there, we decided to do a little sampling,” Strait continues in the interview. “These particular barrel batches we sampled already had a rich, smooth taste for not yet having aged as long as we typically do for our extra añejo.  So, we flagged them and let them age a little longer, knowing they’d be perfect when we were ready to bottle. They were.”