Rumors of my death are not clear, nor are they true. I’ve been wanting to post but kept putting it off and did not have the time to execute it. This review was a good way to get something in, without it being a recommendation. I’m hoping this does not take too much time to write lol (but hopefully, still be long), so here goes!
Yeah my review is a bit postponed… it’s about a week and a half later and people probably don’t care about it anymore. I ended up watching the tribute show the next evening after it aired because my eyes were glued to the Nuggets vs. Lakers game that night (my team lost, of course lol)…but anyway, I’ve been looking forward to this tribute show ever since I heard about it months ago. The taping for this show took place the night after the ACM Awards in April. George Strait is THE man and my favorite artist of all time, and it’s so cool to see this (sometimes) fine lineup of artists honoring him by performing his songs from throughout his career. Overall, I immensely enjoyed and wish CBS would air re-runs so more people could see it.
Sugarland opening the show with their version of “Adalida”. I usually don’t care for Jennifer Nettles‘s voice, but it worked really well here and you could tell she and the guy were passionate about it. Though the lyrics are more suited for a male, it didn’t matter. Love that Cajun feel! YouTube performance video link.
Toby Keith followed with “Unwound”. It had noticeably a slightly updated production but still kept the same basic sound, and Toby did an excellent job. I haven’t heard his voice sound this good and spirited in years! You don’t hear this song too often (unless you play it on iTunes), so it was a treat to hear it on here. YouTube performance video link.
One of my personal favorites, Brooks & Dunn were next. They chose, well Ronnie Dunn chose, for them to sing “The Cowboy Rides Away”. This is a fine example of how well traditional country, a theme of cowboys, and B&D go together. It even got Kix Brooks to sing along, in more than just harmony, equally on the chorus. I really loved that, and Ronnie sang the hell out of the song. YouTube performance video link.
The following performance was unique. First, because the song choice is one of my least favorite Strait songs ever, and a song I don’t ever really listen to: “It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You”. The production on the original song, IMO, is so so boring and poppy, but with the second surprise, that being a duet of the song with Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, it was given new life and a more than tolerable listen. They did a sweet job and it was nice to watch (Blake was also really funny in his opening words in regards to his Pure Country ode). YouTube performance video link.
In a change to a non-Strait part of the evening, in a nod to past Decade Artist honorees, they added them into the show, with Keith Urban performing a medley of Marty Robbins‘s hits ["Singing the Blues", "El Paso", "A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)"]. I admit that Urban’s voice sounded good, but I still don’t buy him as a country singer, so the covers, to me, felt awkward and took too long. He did better than three other people though, so I’ll consider it “OK”. YouTube performance video link.