In 2014, George Strait wrapped up his touring career with a series of sold out shows on his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The final record-setting show of his two year farewell tour was filmed in Arlington, Texas, and released to DVD/CD later that year. Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, and Vince Gill were just a few of the well-known country stars who came together to bid Strait farewell, but one guest stood out above the rest.
The King of Country’s son, George “Bubba” Strait Jr. joined him on stage to perform ‘Arkansas Dave.’ For most of us it was the first time we had seen Bubba and his dad on stage together, but chances are it wasn’t the first time you’ve heard him sing.
In 1992, George Strait made his acting debut in Pure Country. The movie itself didn’t fare well at the box office, but the soundtrack became George Strait’s best-selling album. The film opens with a series of photos accompanied by the song ‘Heartland.’ Few people know that the opening number was sung by Bubba Strait. He was only 10-years old at the time, but played a vital role in setting the tone for the movie.
Bubba, now a married father of one, made a name for himself as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) team roping competitior, but is also making his mark as a songwriter. The handsome, young Strait has no desire to go into the studio himself, though. He confessed in a 2009 interview that he didn’t inherit his dad’s vocal abilities. When asked if he would eventually record his own songs, Strait replied, “Not unless I learn to sing. I got my mom’s singing voice! But, that’s ok. I don’t know if I could sing in front of a lot of people anyway.”
Flashback with us to 1992 and listen to Bubba sing the opening sequence from Pure Country.
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