George Strait Shares Details of New Album “Honky Tonk Time Machine”

George Strait dropped some juicy hints to us in December about a new record on the way called Honky Tonk Time Machine, and now we have another new song, all all the rest of the details for the record. Set to be released on March 29th via MCA Nashville, the 13-track album will include 12 originals, a cover of Johnny Paycheck’s classic “Old Violin,” and feature Austin, TX’s legendary and always-endangered honky tonk landmark The Broken Spoke on the cover.

As customary with a George Strait album, songwriter Dean Dillon plays heavy in the credits, as does George Strait’s son Bubba. The songwriter pairing of Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon also get a cut on the new record. So does Lori McKenna, with Luke Laird and Barry Dean on the new single just released, “God and Country Music.” (listen below)

With little prospect for radio play, George Strait appears to just be doing what he wants to do on Honky Tonk Time Machine, which is traveling back in time to when country was country. Covering Johnny Paycheck, along with paying tribute to Willie Nelson in the previously-heard “Sing One With Willie” shows, this record will have strong ties to the past.

“I’m really excited to have some new music coming out,” shares Strait. “It’s been about two years since I’ve released a record. It was great writing with Bubba and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde. Also, it was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend Willie Nelson. I hope everyone enjoys listening to ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’ as much as I enjoyed making it.” 

Honky Tonk Time Machine Track List:

1. “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
2. “Two More Wishes”
Written by Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon
3. “Some Nights”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Phillip White
4. “God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
Written by Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
5. “Blue Water”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
6. “Sometimes Love”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
7. “Código”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
8. “Old Violin”
Written by Johnny Paycheck
9. “Take Me Away”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
10. “The Weight of the Badge”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon
11. “Honky Tonk Time Machine”
Written by Bubba Strait, Brice Long and Bart Butler
12. “What Goes Up”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait and Jeff Hyde
13. “Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)
Written by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Bubba Strait and Buddy Cannon