Gary Stewart is honky tonkin’, beer joint music personified. His songs were often set in a barroom, whether it be happy drinking or heartbreak drinking. Whenever a Gary Stewart song comes on, you know who it is the first time he pulls out that signature vibrato.
While Stewart’s 1975 album Out Of Hand produced his biggest hits, and his only #1 song in “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)”, Your Place Or Mine, from 1977, had its fair share of play at the Dixie Chicken. As you can see from the worn-out cover, the album was pulled many times for songs like the title track, “Drinking Again”, “I Had To Get Drunk Last Night”, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” (yes, a cover of the Waylon classic), and “Broken Hearted People (Take Me To A Barroom).”
The story of the song “Your Place or Mine” perfectly sums up the age-old question following a special connection at a bar. After spending an evening flirting, the question of where to go after closing time pops up… your place or mine?
The cover of “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” is also an interesting listen. It’s much different with Gary’s voice than the deep Texas twang that you might be used to from Waylon, but it certainly does fit with Gary’s style and the way he lived his life.
Despite not having a top 10 song on the album, it still holds high esteem in the bar and honky-tonk world. Many of the most well known songs at a local watering hole weren’t big on the radio, but fit in perfectly on an old jukebox in a smoky beer joint. This album, front to back, can help transport you back in time to that same feel.