‘Cold Beer Conversation’
GEORGE Strait — the old-school, traditional, consistent, semi-retired Country Music Hall of Fame member — might be the last person anyone would expect to join the trend-conscious movement of stars dropping a completed album with no advanced notice.
The surprises don’t end there. “Cold Beer Conversation” finds the Texas legend working with a new producer for the first time in 25 years. Chuck Ainlay has engineered Strait’s albums for decades, but this time he sits in the producer’s chair.
That said, “Cold Beer Conversation” is vintage Strait. He has such a strong vocal presence that even when he takes a left turn, as he often does, it still sounds like him.
Strait remains at the top of his game, and the album adds another gem to one of country music’s deepest, most entertaining catalogs.