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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2003
StudioOcean Way Studios, Nashville, TN,
South Texas Studios
Starstruck Studios, Nashville
Sound Stage Studios, Nashville
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerTony Brown
George Strait
George Strait chronology
For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome
20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of George Strait
Singles from Honkytonkville
  1. "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa"
    Released: April 7, 2003
  2. "Cowboys Like Us"
    Released: August 11, 2003
  3. "Desperately"
    Released: January 5, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars link
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Chicago Tribune(average) link
Country Weekly(positive) link
Entertainment WeeklyA link
People(favorable) link
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Honkytonkville is the twenty-second studio album by American country singer George Strait, released in 2003 by MCA Nashville. One of only a few albums of his career not to produce a Number One single, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. It produced the singles "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa", "Cowboys Like Us" and "Desperately", at #11, #2 and #6 respectively on the country charts. "Honk If You Honky Tonk" also charted at #45 based on unsolicited airplay.

"Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" was originally recorded by Merle Haggard and appeared on his 1986 album Out Among The Stars. Bruce Robison previously recorded "Desperately" on his 1998 album Wrapped.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "She Used to Say That to Me" (Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill) - 2:57
  2. "Honkytonkville" (Buddy Brock, Dean Dillon, Kim Williams) - 2:48
  3. "Look Who's Back from Town" (Dale Dodson, Billy Lawson) - 4:04
  4. "Cowboys Like Us" (Bob DiPiero, Anthony Smith) - 3:39
  5. "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" (Red Lane) - 3:16
  6. "As Far as It Goes" (Tony Colton, Russell Smith) - 3:39
  7. "I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor" (Earl Clark, Greg Hudik) - 3:36
  8. "Desperately" (Bruce Robison, Monte Warden) - 4:07
  9. "Honk If You Honky Tonk" (Dillon, Ken Mellons, John Northrup) - 2:14
  10. "Heaven Is Missing an Angel" (Jerome Earnest, Doug Powell) - 4:24
  11. "Four Down and Twelve Across" (Dillon, Tom Douglas) - 2:51
  12. "My Infinite Love" (Annette Grossberg, Byron Hill, Billy Yates) - 3:45


As listed in liner notes.[1]


Strings performed by the Nashville String Machine contracted by Carl Gorodetzky, conducted and arranged by Bergen White.

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 5


Year Single Peak positions
US Country US
2003 "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" 11 69
"Cowboys Like Us" 2 38
2004 "Desperately" 6 44


  1. ^ Honkytonkville (CD). George Strait. MCA Records. 2003. 0000114.CS1 maint: others (link)