George Strait Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary of ‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’ Release

by Keeli Parkey

George Strait is celebrating the anniversary of his song about the comfort many of us have found in those small bars where we hear great music and can have a strong drink. That is song is “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” and it was released two years ago today (Feb. 11).

The country music icon acknowledged the anniversary via social media on Thursday. His official Twitter account posted an image of the singer with a big smile on his face. Accompanying the photo was the caption, “L-I-V-I-N’ for today’s anniversary of #EveryLittleHonkyTonkBar!” Check out the tweet below.

Fans of George Strait were happy to be reminded of the anniversary. “Very awesome, of many different honky tonk bars varied, that I have gone too, during the (years) … Nicely sung George Strait…” one fan said. “You go George!” another posted.

George Strait Wrote ‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’ with Familiar Collaborators

According to, George Strait worked with his son, Bubba, and Dean Dillon to write “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.” Dillon has worked with Strait on other tunes over the years. The idea for the song was reportedly Bubba’s. Upon hearing the idea, Strait and Dillon knew that had something good.

“We were down at my ranch in south Texas writing and it was kind of towards the end of the night and we were pretty much done,” Strait has said, according to the website. “I was tired and ready to go to bed, but we were going, ‘Does anybody have anything else?’ Bubba goes, ‘Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge.’ And Dean and I go, ‘What? Where did that come from?’ [laughs] So, anyway, that’s how it started and we finished it that night.”

Bubba Provides Opening Lyric to Hit Song

In fact, Bubba’s statement: “Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge” is the opening line and final line in “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.”

Other lyrics paint a perfect picture of those great little bars we will never forget. These include: “Stool holds the fool that pours the whiskey on his broken heart / Cigarettes create the smoke that hides the lonesome in his eyes / The jukebox plays Hank, ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ / Dance floor holds the folks trying to forget who they are / And that’s what happens in every little honky tonk bar.”

Fans first got to hear George Strait sing “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” during his residency in Las Vegas, according to SongFacts. He first played the song there in December 2018. Also, the song went on to be the most popular song by the singer in six years. The last time he had reached the top 20 on the country charts was in 2013 with the song “Give It All We Got Tonight.” That song reportedly made it to No. 7.

You can watch a video for George Strait’s “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” below.