George Strait Performs Stripped-Down Version of ‘Troubadour’ For ‘We’re Texas’ Benefit Concert

by Katie Maloney
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George Strait performed one of his biggest hit songs during Matthew McConaughey’s virtual benefit concert last night.

Matthew McConaughey hosted his virtual benefit concert last night, “We’re Texas.” The concert was just over two hours long and featured performances by country music greats including Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and George Strait. All the proceeds from the concert went to the Just Keep Livin’ Texas Relief Fund to support Texas residents affected by the devastating winter storms.

During the concert, The King of Country played an acoustic version of his hit song, “Troubadour.” He and two accompanying guitar players and a bassist performed the song. And even the stripped-down version of the song proved that George Strait is still the young troubadour he’s always been.

Watch the video for George’s full performance in the video below. His song begins at around the 1:10:39 mark.

George Strait performs “Troubadour” for Matthew McConaughey’s “We’re Texas” benefit concert.

What’s The Story Behind George Strait’s Song?

“Troubadour” is a bittersweet reflection of who we are as time passes. Although George Strait acknowledges that time he’s getting older, he still holds the same troubadour spirit he’s always had. During the song he sings, “Sometimes I feel like Jesse James, still trying to make a name. Knowing nothings gonna change what I am.”

Perhaps the best line of the song is the last line of the refrain. George sings about knowing who he is, no matter how much time passes. He sings, “I was a young troubadour when I rode in on a song. And I’ll be an old troubadour when I’m gone.”

Certainly, George Strait proved his troubadour status when the song soared to the top of the charts in 2008. A year later, George’s album of the same name was certified platinum for sales of one million copies. Troubadour became George’s 18th chart-topping record and won Best Country Album at the Grammy Awards.  During an interview, he talked about the meaning behind songs on the album.

“Sometimes we take a lot of things for granted,” said George. “And you just realize that all of these things that God has given us, sometimes you just take for granted. But if you step back and take a look around, you’ll see what beauty we have around us in the things that He has created for us.”

That’s exactly what George Strait did during the “We’re Texas” benefit concert last night. Not only did he opt for a simplified version of his song, but he also contributed to a cause that was all about finding ways to use your own blessings to help others.

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