Somewhere Down in Texas

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Somewhere Down in Texas
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Studio album by George Strait
Released June 28, 2005
Recorded 2004-05
Studio OceanWay; Nashville and others
Genre Country
Length 39:44
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Tony Brown
George Strait
George Strait chronology
50 Number Ones
(2004)50 Number Ones2004
Somewhere Down in Texas
It Just Comes Natural
(2006)It Just Comes Natural2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating 5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle 2/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune (positive)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
The New York Times (average)[1]
People 3.5/4 stars[7]
Plugged In (positive)[8]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[9]
Stylus Magazine D+[10]

Somewhere Down in Texas is the twenty-third studio album by American country music singer George Strait. This album was released on June 28, 2005 on the MCA Nashville Records label. This album was certified platinum and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. Singles released from it were, in order: "You'll Be There", which peaked at #4 on Hot Country Songs; "She Let Herself Go", which became Strait's 40th Billboard Number One hit on the country charts; and a cover of Merle Haggard's "The Seashores of Old Mexico", which peaked at #11. "Texas" also charted at #35 on Hot Country Songs from unsolicited airplay.

The album's titled track was played in a video retrospective to former wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin that appeared as the last chapter of the same name in the DVD, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time.

In 2005, the Country Music Association named "Good News, Bad News" the musical event of the year.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If the Whole World Was a Honky Tonk" Bryan Simpson, Ashley Gorley, Wade Kirby 4:07
2. "Somewhere Down in Texas" Dana Hunt Black, Tim Ryan Rouillier, Charlie Black 3:55
3. "The Seashores of Old Mexico" Merle Haggard 4:11
4. "You'll Be There" Cory Mayo 4:18
5. "High Tone Woman" Leslie Satcher, Rouillier 2:52
6. "Good News, Bad News" (with Lee Ann Womack) Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson, Lee Ann Womack 3:22
7. "Oh, What a Perfect Day" Monty Holmes, Buddy Brock, Jeff Silvey 3:29
8. "Texas" Steven Dale Jones, Phillip White 3:04
9. "Ready for the End of the World" Clint Daniels, Tony Martin 3:51
10. "She Let Herself Go" Dillon, Kerry Kurt Phillips 3:18
11. "By the Light of a Burning Bridge" Walt Aldridge, Michael White 3:17


Additional background vocals on "You'll Be There" by Jaime Babbitt, Robert Bailey, Lisa Cochran, Vicki Hampton, Chris Rodriguez, Casey Wood.

Strings on tracks 2, 3, 4, and 6 performed by the Nashville String Machine. Arranged and conducted by Bergen White and contracted by Carl Gorodetzky.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1


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Preceded by
X&Y by Coldplay
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 10, 2005 - July 16, 2005
Succeeded by
TP-3: Reloaded by R. Kelly
Preceded by
Honkytonk University by Toby Keith
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 16 - August 5, 2005
Succeeded by
Honkytonk University by Toby Keith