Listen: George Strait releases new single 'Código'
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George Strait just released the first single from his next album, and it'll sound very familiar to anyone who knows the country icon. Give the jaunty and upbeat "Código" a listen by playing the video above, and then get your tickets to hear Strait perform it live here at AXS.

"Código" is a name that Strait fans will recognize because it's the name of a tequila brand that Strait is an investor in. A 2017 article in the Houston Chronicle detailed how he toured the area promoting the brand after discovering it during a golf game in Cabo San Lucas. Now a year later, he's written a song that promotes his favorite alcoholic beverage.

But it's not just a crafty piece of cross-promotion. "Código" is also another country drinking song, with Strait rhapsodizing about the value of sharing good drinks with the good people in your life. That's a theme every music fan can identify with! It showcases why Strait is nicknamed the King of Country Music; his voice still sounds amazing after a decades-long career, and it's clear that he's having a good time singing about something he enjoys.

In addition, the track has a personal connection for the singer; according to The Boot, Strait co-wrote the song with his son Bubba Strait as well as co-writer Dean Dillon, so the new single is keeping the music business in the family.

"Código" is the first new song that Strait has released in two years; his previous release was the 2016 record Strait out of the Box: Part 2. But he's had a good reason for being out of the recording studio: he continues to tour regularly. Strait kicked off his "Strait to Vegas" residency in Las Vegas in 2017 and has played another ten shows this year. But he's got new music coming in 2019, and more concert dates on his schedule, too!

Fans who missed his Las Vegas shows need not worry. Strait will be touring in 2019, with additional concerts at T-Mobile Arena and other shows around the country, and tickets to several upcoming live performances are on sale now. For more on George Strait, to his upcoming concerts, visit his artist page at AXS.