Shortly after the announcement, Strait dropped his new single, “Cold Beer Conversations”. It’s a laid back tune that reminisces about younger days when he and his buddies were “trying to figure out life, trying to figure out girls.” Given the mellow vibe of the new song and the album’s other single, “Let It Go”, Strait sounds like he’s trying to keep it chill in his post-retirement years. It may not bust the charts like his older singles, but if you’re Strait, who cares? The guy’s got 60 number one singles under his belt buckle.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look back at King George’s first number one, “Fool Hearted Memory”. Released in 1982, the song has been a staple of Strait’s concerts and a mainstay of jukeboxes at honky-tonks from Amarillo to Cheyenne and everywhere in between. (Note to guys: If you want to charm a Texas lady, master the two-step to this glider.)
Prior to going into retirement last year, Strait performed “Fool Hearted Memory” with Jason Aldean during the George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away farewell concert in Dallas. Fans were led to believe this would be the last time they would get to see George Strait play the song, but, c’mon, we all knew better. I mean, if you’re George Strait, you ride that gravy train till the biscuit wheels fall off.