In 2006, the king of country music, George Strait included “I Ain’t Her Cowboy Anymore” on his 24th studio album, It Just Comes Natural. Although he didn’t release it as a single, it became popular and a fan favorite. Occasionally, it made it into Strait’s setlists. The songwriters of the song share the story behind this song. She said:
I’ve known Dean my whole life, pretty much; he and my dad have been friends my entire life. And Scotty and I both wrote at the same publishing company for a long time. It just happened that day, we were sitting in there, and I don’t even remember where the idea came from. We were literally just sitting in there throwing around ideas, and wrote it.
She remembers getting a call that George Strait and had it on hold. “Oh my God, I can’t possibly believe I could get a George Strait cut,” Cannon recalls. Just like anyone who loves country music, she a fan of the king. “Being a product of the ‘80s, you can’t help but be one,” she said.
Cano also remembered they had finished cutting and they were going to go fishing and she hasn’t heard anything about the song. That day, It started raining and they decided not to go fishing. Instead, the rain got them back into the studio, and I ended up getting a cut on that record.
It was up for the single every time off that record; because it was almost five minutes long, it kept getting booted out. The first single was “Give It Away,” which was my dad, Bill Anderson and Jamey Johnson. They were between the two of them. I called Bill Anderson, and I said, “Bill, just let me have the single,” and he said, “Well, Marla, if you’d stop writing such sh–ty songs, you might get one on the radio someday” Canon said.
Anybody who listened to the song knows that the king, George Strait, breathe life into the song. Have you listened to this song more than once and do you agree? Let us know in the comment section below.
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