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George Strait

Texas Toast

GeorgeCountry veteran George Strait's newest album is led by the highest-debuting single of his career on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The MCA Nashville set "Somewhere Down in Texas" features "You'll Be There," which opened at No. 30 in early April and is No. 5 on the chart this week.

The 11-track "Somewhere Down in Texas" was originally planned for a fall release, but was moved up to capitalize on the strong start of "You'll Be There." It's the follow-up to 2003's "Honkytonkville," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200.

Highlights include the roadhouse burner "High Tone Woman" and the tearjerking ""Ready for the End of the World." Strait also tackles Merle Haggard's "The Seashores of Old Mexico" and duets with Lee Ann Womack on "Good News, Bad News."