George Strait Debuts ‘MIA Down In MIA’ From Forthcoming Album, ‘Cowboys And Dreamers’

The song marks the first taste of the new project coming September 6.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 17, 2024


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George Strait shares the first look into his forthcoming album, Cowboys And Dreamers with the track, “MIA Down in MIA,” available now.

Written by Adam Craig and Dean Dillon, and produced by Strait with Chuck Ainlay, the new release takes listeners on a breezy trip down Florida’s famed state road, A1A all the way to the white beaches of Miami for a bit of undisturbed rest and relaxation. 

Strait debuted the track during his sold-out show at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium earlier this month, during which he also shared the news of his 31st studio album Cowboys And Dreamers dropping September 6. 

“I’m going MIA/ Down in MIA/ Take that A1A to where the palm trees sway/ My little hideaway/ Hello land of Corona/ White beaches, Florida fauna/ I’m heading out today/ I’m going MIA down in MIA,” the Texas native sings on the chorus. 

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Slated to be one of the country songs of the summer, “MIA Down in MIA” exudes carefree coastal energy while celebrating Strait’s traditional country sound that comes to life with the help of his Ace in the Hole Band, including longtime fiddle player and friend, Gene Elders, who passed nearly two months ago. 

Unfortunately, on that fateful day, Strait suffered two incredible losses – Gene Elders and his longtime manager, Erv Woosley. Shortly after, on Monday, April 29, the Country Music Hall of Famer suddenly lost another member of his touring family, Tom Foote, his drummer turned road manager. As a result of these recent tragedies, Strait decided that the best way to honor his late friends would be to continue to celebrate their legacy through their shared passion for music.

 “I’m dedicating this record to my longtime manager and friend Erv Woolsey and my longtime fiddle player and friend Gene Elders (a player on four of these tracks), who we lost on the same day, March 20, 2024, as well as my longtime friend and road manager Tom Foote, who we lost on April 29, 2024,” he shared. “I will never forget all of the good times we had together. May they rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Cowboys And Dreamers follows Strait’s  27th No. 1 Billboard Country album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, and will feature 13 new songs, including his own rendition of Waylon Jennings’ “Waymore’s Blues” as well as “Honky Tonk Hall Of Fame” featuring Chris Stapleton, which the pair debuted during the sold-out show at Lucas Oil Stadium.

George Strait, Cowboys and Dreamers
George Strait, Cowboys and Dreamers

Cowboys And Dreamers Tracklist:

  1. Three Drinks Behind (Benjamin Gaither, Jeff Silvey and Kim Williams)
  2. Cowboys And Dreamers (Jessie Jo Dillon, Keith Gattis and Bubba Strait)
  3. To The Moon (Marty Brown and Steve Clark)
  4. MIA Down in MIA (Adam Craig and Dean Dillon)
  5. Wish I Could Say (Keith Gattis)
  6. Calling From The Car (Bobby Braddock)
  7. People Get Hurt Sometimes (Jim Lauderdale, Kendell Marvel and Jimmy Ritchey)
  8. Honky Tonk Hall Of Fame ft. Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton, Jameson Clark and Timothy James)
  9. The Little Things (George Strait, Monty Criswell and Bubba Strait)
  10. The Book (George Strait, Dean Dillon, Jessie Jo Dillon and Bubba Strait)
  11. Rent (Guy Clark and Keith Gattis)
  12. Waymore’s Blues (Curtis Buck and Waylon Jennings)
  13. The Journey Of Your Life (Ronnie Bowman and Troy Jones)

George Strait’s appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium marked his first of only 10 stadium shows this year. His next performance is scheduled to take place at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa on May 25, followed by additional dates in Charlotte, N.C.; East Rutherford, N.J.; College Station, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Detroit, Mich.; and Chicago, Ill.

In December, he will hit the stage at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium for the 37th installment of his longstanding Strait to Vegas show. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.