Here for a Good Time

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Here for a Good Time
Studio album by George Strait
Released September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)
Genre Country
Length 41:13
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Tony Brown
George Strait
George Strait chronology
Twang
(2009)
Here for a Good Time
(2011)
Icon
(2011)
Singles from Here for a Good Time
  1. "Here for a Good Time"
    Released: June 13, 2011
  2. "Love's Gonna Make It Alright"
    Released: November 7, 2011
  3. "Drinkin' Man"
    Released: April 30, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe (positive)[4]
Country Weekly (favorable)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[7]
The New York Times (positive)[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[10]
Taste of Country 4.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[12]

Here for a Good Time is the 27th studio album by American country music artist George Strait. It was released on September 6, 2011 via MCA Nashville. Strait co-produced the album with his long-time producer Tony Brown.[13] The title track and lead-off single, "Here for a Good Time", co-written with son Bubba and songwriter Dean Dillon, was released in June 2011. The album sold 91,414 copies in its first week. On November 30, 2011, the album received a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Country Album.

Content[edit]

Strait co-wrote seven of the album’s eleven tracks with his son, Bubba Strait, and songwriter Dean Dillon.[14] "Here for a Good Time," the lead off single, debuted at number 29 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, making the second-highest debut of his career.[15]

Here for a Good Time was recorded at Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Florida, the same studio where Strait recorded his last three albums.[16]

"A Showman's Life" was previously recorded by Gary Allan on his 2003 album See If I Care.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love's Gonna Make It Alright"   Al Anderson, Chris Stapleton 3:50
2. "Drinkin' Man"   Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait, George Strait 4:27
3. "Shame On Me"   B. Strait, G. Strait 2:39
4. "Poison"   Chuck Cannon, Allen Shamblin 3:39
5. "Here for a Good Time"   Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait 3:01
6. "House Across the Bay"   Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait 3:36
7. "Lone Star Blues"   Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton 4:18
8. "A Showman’s Life" (featuring Faith Hill) Jesse Winchester 4:43
9. "Three Nails and a Cross"   Bobby Boyd, Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait 3:43
10. "Blue Marlin Blues"   Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait 3:24
11. "I’ll Always Remember You"   Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait 3:54
Total length:
41:13

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Here for a Good Time debuted at No.3 on the Billboard 200 chart and No.1 on the Country Albums chart with 91,000 copies.[17] As of December 21, 2011, the album had sold 298k copies.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[18] 12
UK Country Albums Chart[19] 5
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 3
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[20] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2011 "Here for a Good Time" 2 46 66
"Love's Gonna Make It Alright" 3 61
2012 "Drinkin' Man" 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Year-end
2012
US Billboard Top Country Albums 39[21]
Preceded by
Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 24, 2011
Succeeded by
Own the Night by Lady Antebellum

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Here for a Good Time". Metacritic. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Here for a Good Time - George Strait". Allmusic. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hight, Jewly (September 7, 2011). "George Strait: Here For a Good Time". American Songwriter. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rodman, Sarah (September 5, 2011). "George Strait, 'Here for a Good Time'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Jessica (October 5, 2011). "Here for a Good Time by George Strait". Country Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (September 9, 2011). "Albums: Sept. 9, 2011 (George Strait, Here for a Good Time)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Randy (September 5, 2011). "Album review: George Strait's 'Here for a Good Time'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ratliff, Ben (September 5, 2011). "New Music (George Strait: 'Here for a Good Time')". The New York Times. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Heaton, Dave (October 28, 2011). "George Strait: Here for a Good Time". PopMatters. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (September 5, 2011). "George Strait: Here for a Good Time". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ Dukes, Billy (September 6, 2011). "George Strait, ‘Here for a Good Time’ - Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mansfield, Brian (September 6, 2011). "George Strait, Here for a Good Time". USA Today. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "George Strait is here for a Good Time - New CD is here Sept. 6th". georgestrait.com. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  14. ^ Sarah Wyland (2011-08-04). "George Strait to Release New Album September 6". Great American County. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  15. ^ Wyland, Sarah (2011-06-14). "George Strait Releases New Single". Great American Country. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Strait gets ready for a good time". Country Standard Time. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 22, 2013). "Vampire Weekend Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Chart listing for Here for a Good Time". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "George Strait Lands Top Debut on Billboard 200, Beatles' 1 Re-enters Top 5". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Best of 2012 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 

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