Country legend, George Strait, has decided to let radio stations know exactly how he feels about them in his new song, “Kicked Outta Country.” Now he’s back and has taken the country music scene by storm once more.
The legend held no punches when going after the same media platform that made him and his music so popular in the first place.
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The lyrics read:
I just got the news today, the record I sent them they threw it away
It don’t fit the format, don’t make the list
They said I’m too old, won’t even be missed
Strait recently played the song live at Gruene Hall in Texas in celebration of his latest album, “Strait Out of the Box Part 2.”
Strait also revealed the inspiration behind the aggressive lyrics, which were co-written with singer-songwriter, Jamey Johnson. He said the two were chatting after a charity event when a comment from Johnson made a lightbulb go off in his head.
Strait told Saving Country Music how the song came to fruition: “So I came off the stage and Jamey says, ‘So when you going back into the studio, I sure would love to send you some songs, I said ‘Sure, I’d love to hear them, but they probably won’t play them on the radio anymore.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, you know they kicked me out of country too.’ I got to thinking about that the next day, and I thought, ‘You know what, that’s a song title there.’ I texted Jamey and I said either you’re going to write it, I’m going to write it, or we’re both going to write it together. So we wrote it together.”
The country hall of fame inductee didn’t stop there. He expressed his dismay as to how many legends have met the same fate he did by radio.
“It happened to Jones, and even The Hag
Willie and Waylon, and the great Johnny Cash
They all got kicked outta country back then
But then one day country came calling again”
The song concludes with a nod to the fact Strait isn’t changing anytime soon, “It don’t really matter, because I ain’t gonna change / Cause getting kicked outta country, won’t hurt a thing.”
Listen to the full song below.