When you’ve got as many classic albums and songs as George Strait does, just about every day could be the anniversary of an achievement.
After all, the man has more music than you could sit down and listen to in a single day. Over his four decades and change of performing, he has released 30 studio albums. This isn’t counting the live or compilation albums.
For his 27th studio album, his first single was ‘Here For a Good Time,’ released on June 13, 2011. The album went by the same name. And, as most George Strait singles are, it was an undeniable jam.
Which is why the official account for George Strait had to honor its ten-year anniversary. While the album as a whole didn’t release ’til September of 2011, the single got out in the perfect time for that summer.
“It’s the single anniversary of George’s iconic feel-good jam, ‘Here For A Good Time’!” the account writes. “Spread the good times and tag a friend who you always have a good time with!”
“Here For a Good Time” shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts after debuting at No. 29. Believe it or not, that was Strait’s second-highest debut on the charts ever.
As many George Strait fans will know, the song was written by the country legend with his son, Bubba. Bubba and George have written together more and more over the years, and the pair came together for an absolute smash in 2011.
“Here For a Long Time” Marks Continued Success for George Strait
After the success of the single, it should be no surprise the full album did extremely well. Within its first week, “Here For a Good Time” sold a whopping 91,414 copies.
The album peaked at the five spot for the Top Country Albums chart, and 129 on the US Billboard 200. Besides being a commercial success, the album was also nominated for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
Like the single, George Strait worked with son Bubba extensively for the album. Seven of the 11 songs feature Bubba’s name in the credits. There’s also some other major collaborators.
Far before stardom, Chris Stapleton provided background vocals for the project. However, Faith Hill, very much established in stardom, also provided background vocals. Stapleton also gets a songwriting credit on the album’s opening track, “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright.”