‘Troubadour’ producer Tony Brown fancies another round-up with George Strait

“The King of Broken Hearts:” In his signature 10-gallon Stetson, blue jeans, western shirt, and giant belt buckle, an early dawn finds 39-year-old George Strait prepared should a calf need ropin’ on his family’s century-old, 2,000-acre cattle ranch in Pearsall, Texas, 1991. Photography by Michael O’Brien / 1stDibs

Tony Brown found himself playing piano on a Folgers jingle session that he’d been hired to do in 1983. George Strait had been signed to MCA Nashville for only a couple of years, while Brown was ensconced at RCA in artist and repertoire. Seemingly a flash in the pan introduction over coffee, a decade later Brown’s label boss Jimmy Bowen was lured away to…