How have I made it over a year without featuring George Strait? He is probably a top-ten all-time country musician for me. Funnily enough, then, my favorite George Strait song is his least George Strait song.
Heartland is a little too much of an upbeat country-rocker for the most traditional of the neotraditionalists. But for the demands of the soundtrack to Pure Country, Strait’s attempt at breaking into acting, maybe we don’t get Heartland. Which would be a shame, because it is a great song even if Pure Country was okay at best.
Heartland is another is a long line of country songs identifying the heart of America in Middle America and listing the aspirational values of Middle America. It is a very simple song. Simple and great is much easier said than done.
I certainly won’t complain about twin fiddles and a steel guitar. Fun fact: the steel guitar was invented in Hawaii. Heartland is more right than it knows about the American heart. What is more American than American music, a rich mélange of cultural influences that produce something greater than the sum of the parts.
Heartland is off Strait’s album Pure Country, the soundtrack to the movie of the same name and his most commercially successful album.
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