George Strait Channels His Cowboy Side in Throwback Pic with Horse and Dog

by Jennifer Shea

Country legend George Strait is celebrating the anniversary of his single “Blue Clear Sky” with social media posts marking the occasion.

On Friday, Strait took to Instagram and Twitter to post a picture of himself perched between a dog and a horse underneath a bright blue sky.  

“Surprise your new love has arrived, out of the clear blue sky,” he posted.

George Strait Commemorates Song’s Release

Bob DiPiero, John Jarrard and Mark D. Sanders wrote the song, whose title is a reference to a line from the movie “Forrest Gump.” Its chorus goes, “Here she comes, a walking talking true love/Saying I been looking for you love/Surprise, your new love has arrived/Out of the blue clear sky.”

Strait recorded the song in Nashville at Emerald Studios. He released it as a single in March of 1996 as the title track from his album Blue Clear Sky. The song rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

Strait’s fans clearly remember the song, as evidenced by the reaction to his Instagram post. Instagram users racked up over 17,729 likes of the post and contributed over a dozen comments on it.

One user posted, “One of my favourites from you.”

“Such. A. Good. One.,” another commented.

Another fan replied, “Probably my #2 song of any artist of any genre! Long live the king of country! And may the lord continue to bless you! @georgestrait”

“Handsome Cowboy and Beautiful Horse,” chimed in another.

Strait Performed at ‘We’re Texas’ Virtual Benefit Concert

On Sunday, Strait headlined actor Matthew McConaughey’s “We’re Texas” virtual benefit concert.

The country star sang “Troubadour,” his 2008 hit single off the album of the same title. The song climbed to the Top Ten on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and received a Best Male Country Vocal Performance nomination at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Strait performed it virtually from Austin, according to Southern Living.  

Strait retired from major tours in 2014, but he has put in a few concert appearances since then. He also released a new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, in 2019, and has gotten into his own tequila brand, as well.

“For the past few years,” Strait told Fox News in 2017, “when we come off stage after the show, I’ll get the band together back there. And before we go back for an encore, we’ll do a shot real quick as a celebratory shot, and we’ll go back out.”

Sunday’s performance was less tequila-fueled and more poignant, as befits the cause – Texans affected by February’s winter storm – that Strait was chipping in to help. So, as McConaughey predicted, Strait performed the song like the Texas gentleman he is.