When I first read the title of this song I thought of the song If I Was A Drinkin’ Man by Neal McCoy. This is not the same song, but it’s a great song nonetheless. George kills it as usual. Check it out.
Drinkin’ Man – George Strait
Co-writing songs with his son, Bubba, has been great for George Strait’s career. The process seems to have rejuvenated George. I’d imagine that as you become as successful as George that you need new challenges and processes. George seems to have found that by collaborating with his son. It’s not that George ever released bad songs. There is just another layer of emotion and feeling in these songs.
Drinkin’ Man is the tale of just that, a man that is kind of lost in his drinking addiction. There are many stories of this guy. He is your dad. He is your friend. He is your husband. It’s something that affects nearly every one of us. All the country folks out there that battle with the drinking man even if it’s not us.
The song is one of George’s more serious songs. He’s released songs like this before, but it’s been at least a few years. The music and the melody fit the mood of the song well. George’s voice is as strong as ever.
But the song plays more like a story. George is the storyteller as he walks the listeners through the life of the drinking man. It kind of makes you sad and if you struggle yourself you might think about your own life.
George’s career is revitalized these days. It’s always exciting when he releases new music, but I find myself more excited to see what he and his son will come up with next.
This is a powerful song. I’m sure it’s going to do well. George is the best and he’s released one of his personal best songs.
Chart Estimate: #3
CML Points: 85/100