While the King of Country Music has been producing hit albums for decades, it was one of his earlier records that took the music world by storm.
In 1992, George Strait made his acting debut in the American drama Pure Country. Although the film flopped in box office sales, it was the soundtrack that brought a whirlwind of success. Pure Country, the album, was George’s thirteenth studio album and was entirely sung by the King himself. Selling over six million copies and landing at #1 on the charts, fans couldn’t get enough.
Three singles were released off Pure Country, including “I Cross My Heart” and “Heartland,” both of which went to #1.
“Heartland” was featured as the opening of the movie accompanied by a series of photos. With a slower beat than the original track, a little voice comes in. Turns out, that little voice was George’s son, Bubba. He was only 10 years old at the time but played a vital role in setting the tone for the movie. George comes in to join his youngster for the ultimate father-son duet!
Today, Bubba is a married father of two and has made a name for himself as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) team roping competitor 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 with Cowboys & Indians Magazine, that he didn’t inherit his dad’s vocal abilities. When asked if he would eventually record his own songs, Bubba 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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