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George Strait’s New Song ‘Kicked Outta Country’ is About Country Radio

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In his 41-year-long career, George Strait has become an American music icon by consistently being himself. He records and performs authentic country music that people relate to and love. As the guy who has more No. 1 hits than any other artist, you could say he has an informed opinion about country radio. 

Strait’s “Kicked Outta Country,” a new song on Strait Out of the Box, Part 2, pokes fun at country radio for brushing aside country’s most authentic and influential artists. Last week, Strait debuted the song during his secret show at Gruene Hall. During the concert, Strait explained how he wrote the song with Jamey Johnson following a charity golf event they participated in last year. 

“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,’ Strait said. “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.”

It may seem odd to think that George Strait would face the prospect of getting kicked outta country radio, but have you turned on Top 40 country radio lately? It’s barely recognizable as country music. Fortunately, there are some signs that country radio and the content coming from Music Row is starting to trend back towards the traditional notion of what country music is. 

“Kicked Outta Country” probably won’t get much radio play, but it is a good song, and it has a solid message for artists and fans: “Getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing/ It don’t really matter, because I ain’t gonna change/ Cause getting kicked outta country, won’t hurt a thing.”

“Kicked Outta Country” Lyrics

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

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

Cash stomped out the footlights
Haggard, plum had a ball
And Willie and Waylon and Kris they toured the nation
And Jones never showed up at all

They lived what they wrote, and wrote what they sang
So getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing
Getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing

I just wrote a new song today
I pulled out my old guitar, and I started to play
Pressing my fingers into the strings
I felt the feeling a country song brings

I did some Jones, and one for The Hag
Waylon and Willie, and the great Johnny Cash
They all got kicked outta country back then
But then one day country came calling again

Cash stomped out the footlights
Haggard, he had a ball
And Willie and Waylon, they stole the nation
And Jones showed up after all

They lived what the wrote, and wrote what they sang
So getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing
Getting kicked outta country didn’t hurt a thing

It don’t really matter, because I ain’t gonna change
Cause getting kicked outta country, won’t hurt a thing

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