George Strait is clearly one of the most legendary cowboys of all. So, why isn’t he in Yellowstone yet?
The King of Country recently shared a photo on his social media pages. In the photo, he shows off his roping skills while riding a horse and wearing his iconic cowboy hat. Along with the photo, he wrote, “Rope and ride.”
He could totally be a long lost Dutton! Who do we have to call to make this happen?
George Strait Is Garth Brooks’s Greatest Inspiration
What happens when one country music legend inspires another? Music magic, that’s what. And that’s exactly what happened when a young Garth Brooks heard a George Strait song for the first time. During a podcast interview, Brooks opened up about how The King of Country inspired him to pursue a career in country music.
“When I heard George Strait, I went holy cow, that’s what I want to do,” said Brooks.
Brooks revealed that his first childhood dream was to become an athlete. But he later discovered his immense passion for music. That’s when he started listening to more music and came across Strait.
“So, when I heard George Strait, that’s when I realized what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” said Brooks. “I’ve been lucky to do some pretty cool things. But I would be lying if I told you every morning when I woke up, I no longer want to be George Strait. That would be a lie. Every day, there’s just something about him that’s going to be forever cool for me.”
Although Garth hasn’t yet succeeded in actually becoming George, he has found ways to collaborate with his hero. For his album Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection, Brooks prerecorded his famous hit, “Friends In Low Places.” The track featured vocals from Strait as well as Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line.
George Almost Recorded Garth’s Biggest Hit Song
George Strait and Garth Brooks have another connection. Before Brooks hit it big, songwriters Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee approached Brooks to record a demo of a song they had just written. Can you guess which song? If you guessed “Friends In Low Places,” you’re right! The songwriters wanted to pitch the song to Strait but they needed someone to record a demo. So, they asked Brooks.
“The reason they asked me to do the demo was because I wanted to be George Strait for years,” said Brooks during an interview. “So I do a pretty good impersonation of him. So the original demo of ‘Friends in Low Places’ I did my best George Strait on it before I ever had a record deal.”
Despite Brooks’s spot-on impression, George wasn’t interested in the song. So, Brooks decided to record the song himself for his 1990 record No Fences. And we all know what happened after that. Ironically, not being George Strait really panned out well for Garth Brooks.