Unwound (song)

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"Unwound"
Single by George Strait
from the album Strait Country
B-side "She's Playing Hell Trying to Get Me to Heaven"
Released April 23, 1981
Format 7" single
Recorded February 2, 1981
Genre Country
Length 2:24
Label MCA (51104)
Writer(s) Dean Dillon
Frank Dycus
Producer(s) Blake Mevis
George Strait singles chronology
"Unwound"
(1981)
"Down and Out"
(1981)

"Unwound" is the title of a debut song written by Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in April 1981 as the lead-off single from his debut album Strait Country. It peaked at #6 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[1]

Background[edit]

Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus originally wrote the song for Johnny Paycheck. But, Paycheck was in jail at the time. Record producer Blake Mevis drove over to Dillon's house in 1980, where Dillon and Dycus were writing songs on the front porch, and asked them if they had any new songs for a 'new kid from Texas.' Since Paycheck wouldn't be using it, they gave the song to Mevis for George Strait. Dillon has gone on to write or co-write over 40 songs that have been recorded by Strait.[2]

Content[edit]

The song is about a man having issues with his woman. He’s out drinking and everything is coming unwound.

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that it "would be a great record just for the fiddle alone, but a very youthful Strait is still able to deliver the goods, and the band is so country that you can almost smell the sawdust when they let loose."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ George Strait: Billboard Singles. - Allmusic.
  2. ^ Reid, Dixie (September 19, 2002). "Strait talk:Songwriters like working with George". The Sacramento Bee. 
  3. ^ [1] Unwound review by Kevin John Coyne