George Strait. The name is mentioned alot amungst the legends like Jones, Haggard, and Waylon who are all namedropped in this song.But radio seems to have forgotten him.The last time we heard a protest from King George was Murder on Music Row with Alan Jackson, another ledgend who has been forgotten by corporate radio. 
This song is one of two new songs on his Strait Out of the Box Volume 2, which is out Friday.Strait talked about the song and the events that led to it at his release show for the boxset at Gruene Hall. He came up with the idea when the two played a charity gold event for the troops. “Last year, Jamey [Johnson] always comes out and plays in it, and at night we get up and do a jam session and play a couple,” Strait explains “So I came of the stage and Jamey says, ‘So when you going back into the studio, I sure would love to send you some songs.’ 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.”And according to Jamey Johnson’s account to The Commercal Appeal, “We wrote it by text message. I don’t know if it’s a first for either one of us, but it’s definitely a first for the two of us working that way together. He sent me these lines, and I sent him some lines back. He really liked it and asked what it would sound like, and I said, ‘Well let me put a melody to it and I’ll send it to you.’ And that’s how it came to be.”

Its unfortunate that its been so long since George Strait has has had a hit single, and Jamey Johnson had moreless fell off the map with radio after In Color. In the age of newer stars pushing out older more talented performers there has been a lot of protest songs but lyricly this one gets it done. There’s none of the bitching and whining about never being on the radio, this is acceptance. This is a realization that radio really doesnt matter in this day and age.That these artists can still do their own thing, and us fans of the good shit can still find it.We don’t have to hear it on the radio anymore. And no matter what, radio or no radio, these guys and many others have fans hungry for the music more than willing to find it.

Lyrics below. And thank you to Kyle Coneros aka Trigger of SCM for the lyrics and the quote from George Strait.

 Id 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, he had a ball
And Willie and Waylon, they stole the nation
And Jones never showed up at 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

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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