Here for a Good Time

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Here for a Good Time
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerTony Brown
George Strait
George Strait chronology
Here for a Good Time
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
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
American Songwriter3.5/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe(positive)[4]
Country Weekly(favorable)[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[7]
The New York Times(positive)[8]
PopMatters7/10 stars[9]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[10]
Taste of Country4.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[12]

Here for a Good Time is the twenty-seventh 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.


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]

1."Love's Gonna Make It Alright"Al Anderson, Chris Stapleton3:50
2."Drinkin' Man"Dean Dillon, Bubba Strait, George Strait4:27
3."Shame On Me"B. Strait, G. Strait2:39
4."Poison"Chuck Cannon, Allen Shamblin3:39
5."Here for a Good Time"Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait3:01
6."House Across the Bay"Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait3:36
7."Lone Star Blues"Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton4:18
8."A Showman’s Life" (featuring Faith Hill)Jesse Winchester4:43
9."Three Nails and a Cross"Bobby Boyd, Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait3:43
10."Blue Marlin Blues"Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait3:24
11."I’ll Always Remember You"Dillon, B. Strait, G. Strait3:54
Total length:41:13


Chart positions[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
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


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
US Billboard Top Country Albums 39[21]


  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". 2011-08-03. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. 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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