On This Day: George Strait Releases His 28th Album ‘Love is Everything’ in 2013

by Joe Rutland

Country music superstar George Strait stayed on a roll as, on this day in 2013, he released his 28th album titled “Love is Everything.”

To say this album was well-received by his adoring fans would be an understatement. Strait landed his 18th Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. That mark tied him with Paul McCartney as having the fourth-most Top 10 albums among male performers.

By the way, “Love is Everything” became his 25th No. 1 album on the Billboard Country Album charts. George Strait put this album out in conjunction with his 2014 tour, “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.”

George Strait Album Features Final Time He, Brown Work Together

The leadoff single from this record was “Give It All We Got Tonight.” It became another Top 10 single for Strait on the Billboard Country singles charts.

But George Strait also co-produced the record with Tony Brown, whom he’d worked with since 1992. It was the last time Brown worked on a Strait album.

All of that is a pretty good day at the office for the “King of Country,” George Strait.

As was mentioned earlier, the album was released ahead of his final tour. “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” ended triumphantly at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where more than 104,000 fans heard Strait in concert for the last time.

Chris Stapleton Remembers When ‘King of Country’ Recorded One Of His Songs

For Chris Stapleton, it’s a memory that will live on forever and ever. Back in 2011, George Strait recorded Stapleton’s song “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright.”

Stapleton talked about the song, which he co-wrote with Al Anderson, on Audacy Country’s “Superstar Power Hour.”

“I sang on it with (Strait), and my wife sang on it with him too,” Stapleton said according to CMT. “I didn’t ever record that. (And) I wrote that, we pitched it to George, and he took it.” He said that the moment was “a big deal to me.”

Obviously, having someone of Strait’s stature take your song and record it meant a lot. It did to Stapleton and helped give his career a major boost.

Another country music star wanted Strait to record one of his songs, too.

Garth Brooks sought out Strait to sing “Friends In Low Places.” Strait passed on it, though.

Brooks also pitched “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” to Strait, too. That didn’t get his attention.

Well, that song ended up being Brooks’ debut single and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Country charts.