Most people think George Strait wrote all those songs,’ says Joe Ables, board member for the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, headquartered in Austin. That’s no knock on the pride of Pearsall, where Strait grew up (he was born in Poteet). It takes a special talent to pick good songs and to sing them so artfully that you make them seem indelibly your own. But it underscores the reason Terry Boothe founded the association in 2005. “Songwriters are the poets of our culture,” Boothe says.