About the song

If you’re a fan of country music, you probably know the name George Strait. He’s one of the most successful and influential artists in the genre, with over 60 number one hits and countless awards. But do you know the story behind one of his most heartbreaking songs, “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”?

The song, released in 1996 as the third single from his album Blue Clear Sky, is about a rodeo cowboy who calls his lover from the road, only to find out that she’s leaving him for another man. He then decides to continue his journey to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the most prestigious rodeo event is held. The song captures the pain and sacrifice of a cowboy who chooses his passion over his relationship, and the woman who can’t wait for him any longer.

The song was written by Aaron Barker and Erv Woolsey, who were inspired by Woolsey’s idea of a cowboy who gets dumped over the phone. Woolsey was Strait’s manager and a former rodeo rider himself, so he knew the lifestyle and the lingo of the cowboys. Barker was a songwriter who had written several hits for Strait, but he needed some help from the singer to learn more about the rodeo world. Strait introduced Barker to the rodeo and gave him some tips on how to write the song.

The song became a hit for Strait, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number two on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It also received a platinum certification from the RIAA for selling over one million copies. The song is considered one of Strait’s signature songs and a classic in country music. It also appears on several of his albums, including 50 Number Ones, Latest Greatest Straitest Hits, and For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome.