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Somewhere Down in Texas is the twenty-third studio album by American country music singer George Strait. This album was released on June 28, 2005 on the MCA Nashville Records label. This album was certified platinum and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. Singles released from it were, in order: "You'll Be There", which peaked at #4 on Hot Country Songs; "She Let Herself Go", which became Strait's 40th Billboard Number One hit on the country charts; and a cover of Merle Haggard's "The Seashores of Old Mexico", which peaked at #11. "Texas" also charted at #35 on Hot Country Songs from unsolicited airplay.

Somewhere Down in Texas
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 28, 2005
Recorded2004-05
StudioOceanWay; Nashville and others
GenreCountry
Length39:44
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerTony Brown
George Strait
George Strait chronology
50 Number Ones
(2004)
Somewhere Down in Texas
(2005)
It Just Comes Natural
(2006)
Singles from Somewhere Down in Texas
  1. "You'll Be There"
    Released: March 28, 2005
  2. "She Let Herself Go"
    Released: September 6, 2005
  3. "The Seashores of Old Mexico"
    Released: February 13, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(68/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle2/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune(positive)[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
The New York Times(average)[1]
People3.5/4 stars[7]
Plugged In(positive)[8]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[9]
Stylus MagazineD+[10]

The album's titled track was played in a video retrospective to former wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin that appeared as the last chapter of the same name in the DVD, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time.

In 2005, the Country Music Association named "Good News, Bad News" the musical event of the year.[11]

Contents

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."If the Whole World Was a Honky Tonk"Bryan Simpson, Ashley Gorley, Wade Kirby4:07
2."Somewhere Down in Texas"Dana Hunt Black, Tim Ryan Rouillier, Charlie Black3:55
3."The Seashores of Old Mexico"Merle Haggard4:11
4."You'll Be There"Cory Mayo4:18
5."High Tone Woman"Leslie Satcher, Rouillier2:52
6."Good News, Bad News" (with Lee Ann Womack)Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson, Lee Ann Womack3:22
7."Oh, What a Perfect Day"Monty Holmes, Buddy Brock, Jeff Silvey3:29
8."Texas"Steven Dale Jones, Phillip White3:04
9."Ready for the End of the World"Clint Daniels, Tony Martin3:51
10."She Let Herself Go"Dillon, Kerry Kurt Phillips3:18
11."By the Light of a Burning Bridge"Walt Aldridge, Michael White3:17

PersonnelEdit

Additional background vocals on "You'll Be There" by Jaime Babbitt, Robert Bailey, Lisa Cochran, Vicki Hampton, Chris Rodriguez, Casey Wood.

Strings on tracks 2, 3, 4, and 6 performed by the Nashville String Machine. Arranged and conducted by Bergen White and contracted by Carl Gorodetzky.

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ About.com review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ People review
  8. ^ Plugged In review
  9. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review Archived 2013-06-29 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "CMA past winners". Country Music Association. Retrieved 2011-02-06.

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