This song was originally recorded by Texas bluesman Delbert McClinton on his 2002 album, Room to Breathe. McClinton co-wrote the song with Gary Nicholson. Strait commented in publicity materials citing how great the studio band sounds on the cut: "It was a fun song to do and we did it in one take. That says a lot for just how much everybody was into it. I'm a Delbert fan, and I hope he likes it. He's one of our Texas treasures."
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.
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