Rich O’Toole is a country artist from Houston, Texas. O’Toole has opened for other country acts including Willie Nelson, and the Josh Abbott Band. His latest song “God & George Strait” is a quirky way of addressing serious emotions.
It is immediately set up as a classic sounding country song, with addicting hooks mixed in-between. Perhaps the most interesting part of the song is his incredibly personal lyrics, for instance, “it was 1996 and I was barely 15/ only cared about girls and cars and MTV.” The first verse focuses on O’Toole discovering George Strait and the second focuses on his relationship with God. In the chorus, he states, “George and Jesus have always been my best friends.” The song plays with the intricacies of music and religion in a way that is light-hearted but also deeply reflective. It creates an overall effect that is extremely relatable.