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Hear Granger Smith Pay Tribute to King George With 'Damn Strait'

Granger Smith performs at LakeShake at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

In Granger Smith's new music video for "Damn Strait," a mechanic facing marriage problems turns to two trusty friends--straight whiskey and George Strait's 60 number one hits--for company at the loneliest little bar in town.

Thematically, it's a reminder that although he shares the crown historically with Bob Wills, Roy Acuff and Elvis Presley, Strait is the undisputed king when it comes to this current generation of mainstream songwriters' main influences. That's certainly true for Smith, a 39-year-old Texan with King George constantly on the radio throughout his formative listening years.

The video was filmed in Granger, Texas and features Smith's friends and family, including his wife, Amber.

It's the second new single by Smith in recent weeks, following the late April release of "Heaven Bound Balloons."

"Damn Strait" Lyrics

Damn Strait
I was pissed off, pedal down, tearing right out of the drive
Drove damn straight
Through a couple county reds on my way to this neon dive
And damn straight
That's how I'm gonna take it, bartender keep 'em coming all night

'Cause I'm dropping these quarters in a jukebox
Nonstop playing every King George song
Between the steel and the whiskey, something just hit me
Maybe I might've been wrong
I'm living every line and nobody in his right mind
Praying that it ain't too late
Damn Strait

Damn Strait
Why'd you have to sing that one about Amarillo
Damn Strait
That's the one she tipped the band to play and we danced real close
Damn Strait
I was tryna get her gone but now you've got me holding on

And I'm dropping these quarters in a jukebox
Nonstop playing every King George song
Between the steel and the whiskey, something just hit me
Maybe I might've been wrong
I'm living every line and nobody in his right mind
Praying that it ain't too late
Damn Strait

I know 'em all by heart
I've heard 'em all my life
But they never hit me as hard
As they are in here tonight

'Cause I'm dropping these quarters in a jukebox
Nonstop playing every one of your songs
Between the steel and the whiskey, something just hit me
Maybe I might've been wrong
I'm living every line and nobody in his right mind
Praying that it ain't too late
Damn Strait
Damn Strait

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