George Strait has one of the most expansive catalogs of music in country music history. He’s released 95 singles and charted 60 number one hits, which is more than any other artist in his genre. So far, Strait has released 29 studio albums, including this year’s surprise release Cold Beer Conversations.
With such a massive amount of music available, it’s easy to miss out on more than a few gems within Strait’s songbook. Here are five of the best B-sides from George Strait’s career releases.
5. Lefty’s Gone
Featured on Something Special, Strait Out of the Box.
This truly old-school Strait track pays homage to the late great Lefty Frizzell in the way that only King George can. His tribute to “The King of The Honkytonks” has just the right amount of emotion and nostalgia that’s deeply rooted in traditional country.
4. Where Have I Been All My Life?
Featured on the album Twang.
This track is one of the first Strait songs to mark a pivotal time in his career and life when it seems like there may be more behind him than in the path ahead. It carefully explores that moment when you realize just how fleeting our time on earth really is.
3. Where The Sidewalk Ends
Featured on the Pure Country soundtrack.
The Pure Country soundtrack is one of the best-selling albums in Strait’s career, selling over six million copies. Strait’s upbeat rendition of this Jim Lauderdale penned track is one of the best on an album full of hits.
2. Arkansas Dave
Featured on The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium, Twang.
This classic story song, written by George’s talented son Bubba, brings a dark and dismal western to life through Strait’s incredible voice. Strait makes sure listeners hang onto every note as he carefully details the character’s final fate.
1. Murder on Music Row
Featured on Latest Greatest Straitest Hits, For The Last Time, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
Although Strait’s timely duet with Alan Jackson was never released as a single, it earned a fair amount of radio play due to high demand from fans. The track marks one of the rare moments that Strait used his music to comment on cultural events, slamming the state of country music in the year 2000. It’s a track that has become a cult classic, and is still relevant during this time of constant change within the industry.