Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

Remember country music in the 1980’s? Okay, so disregard the Urban Cowboy era for a few minutes. Think back to around the mid-1980’s, when Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, and Keith Whitley were making traditionalism cool again–and doing the same songs in a lot of instances. Remember “Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her”? It was a hit for George Strait.

It’s a beautiful, smooth rendition of a great song. I prefer Keith Whitley’s version, though.

Remember I told you yesterday that I generally prefer Keith Whitley’s renditions of songs over any others? There is at least one exception to the rule: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.” George Strait’s hit was gorgeously done:

Keith Whitley’s would have been fine had there been nothing to compare it to. It does have a nice turnaround, though, doesn’t it? (Also, if memory serves me correctly, Keith’s version may have actually been a demo repurposed after he passed away. Correct me if you know for a fact otherwise. It’s good nonetheless.)

Anyway, back to “Nobody In His Right Mind.” Garth Brooks sang it for something or another in 1986, before he became a star. His cover (partial) is pretty good.

But in my opinion, his version isn’t even as good as Dean Dillon’s. Dean Dillon was the songwriter. Does his version remind you of Gary Stewart? (There’s a reason for that, just in case you didn’t know. They were sometimes duet partners.)

And speaking of Gary Stewart . . .

And speaking of covers, Wade Hayes has done a great job of covering Gary Stewart songs. There are no great versions of Wade’s cover of “Drinkin’ Thing” on YouTube, but you can find his cover of “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles).”

More covers tomorrow? We’ll see.

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