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George Strait

Out of all the new country singers to emerge in the early ’80s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn’t refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them for a new decade. In the process, he became one of the most successful and influential singers of the decade, sparking a wave of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson.

Strait was born and raised in Texas, the son of a junior high school teacher who also owned and operated a ranch that had been in the Strait family for nearly hundred years. When George was a child, his mother departed the family, taking her daughter but leaving behind her sons with the father. at a time of his childhood, he would spend his weekdays in town and his weekends on the ranch. Strait started playing music as a teenager, joining a rock & roll garage group. After his high-school graduation in the late ’60s, Strait enrolled in college but soon dropped out and eloped with his high-school sweetheart, Norma. In 1971, Strait enlisted in the Army; two years later, he was stationed Hawaii. while in Hawaii, he started performing country music, initially with an Army-sponsored country group called Rambling Country. They played several dates off the base under the name Santee. Strait exited the Army in 1975, returning to Texas with the intent of completing his education. He enrolled in Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, where he studied agriculture. during he was studying, he formed his own country band, Ace in the Hole.

Ace in the Hole made a few records for the independent Dallas-based label D in the late ’70s, but they never went anywhere. Toward the end of the decade, Strait attempted to carve out a niche in Nashville, but he failed since he lacked any strong connections. In 1979, he became friends with Erv Woolsey, a Texas club owner who had formerly worked for MCA Records. Woolsey had several MCA executives come down to Texas to hear Strait. His performance convinced the company to sign him in 1980. “Unwound,” Strait’s first single, was released in the spring of 1981 and climbed into the Top Ten. The follow-up, “Down and Out,” stalled at 16, but “If You’re Thinking You Want a Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)” reached number three in early 1982. The song sparked a remarkable string of Top Ten hits that ran well into the ’90s. during that time he had an astonishing 31 number one singles, beginning with 1982′s “Fool Hearted Memory.”

Throughout the ’80s, he dominated the country singles charts, and his units consistently went platinum or gold. Strait rarely abandoned hardcore honky tonk and Western swing — toward the beginning of the ’90s, his sound became a little slicker, but it was only a relative change. Strait was also one of the few ’80s superstars to survive the generational shift of the early ’90s that began with the phenomenal success of Brooks. In 1992, he made his first movie, Pure Country, which featured him in the lead role. Strait released a four-disc box set career retrospective, Strait Out of the Box, in 1995. By the spring of 1996, it had become one of the five biggest-selling box sets in successful material history. Blue Clear Sky, his 1996 album, debuted on the country charts at number one and the pop charts at number seven. In 1997, he issued Carrying Your Love with Me, not long after it with One Step at a Time in 1998. Always Never the Same appeared a year later, as did the seasonal effort Merry Christmas Wherever You Are. The simply titled George Strait, featuring the hit single “Go On,” hit the shelves in late 2000.

Did Strait slow down? Nay. The following year saw the release of The Road Less Traveled, which qualified as an experimental record of sorts for the veteran performer. during it didn’t stray very far from his new traditionalist country sound, Road did include a foray into vocal processing that was about as country as a twosome of stiletto-healed cowboy boots. But the experimentation was welcome, for it revealed that Strait was still hungry, even after millions upon millions of records sold. Strait issued two projects in 2003. For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome chronicled his headlining set at the last Houston Livestock and Rodeo ever held in the big Texas dome, while Honkytonkville was a fiery set of hard country, lauded by critics for its mixture of the old Strait with his modern, superstar self. Somewhere Down in Texas arrived in 2005, followed by It Just Comes Natural in 2006 and Troubadour and the holiday album Classic Christmas in 2008. Twang, co-produced by Strait and Tony Brown, appeared in 2009.

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CMNB Welcomes You to 2014

Posted by Shauna Castorena On January - 12 - 2014

It’s been a long holiday break here at the CMNB headquarters, but we’re happy to be back behind the newsdesk! There’s been a few changes in staff as our writers have graduated on to bigger and better things. We’ll keep you posted on where MissMolly and HaleighT turn up, but in the meantime, you’ve still [...]

Tickets to go on sale at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, December 6 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 19, 2013) – Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and “King of Country” George Strait will play his final concert June 7, 2014 at the 100,000-seat capacity AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show, which is the last date [...]

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Posted by Country Music News On November - 19 - 2013

Third annual fundraiser at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa brings in more than $425,000 for Feherty’s Troops First Foundation NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2013) – Newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait and Texas businessman Tom Cusick hosted the third annual Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction at Tapatio [...]

The Best George Strait Memes and ECards

Posted by Shauna Castorena On November - 12 - 2013

In preparing for the upcoming George Strait Tour, we thought we’d have a little fun and collect the best King George memes and eCards from around the web and put them in one handy spot for you!              

2013 CMA Award Winners!

Posted by Shauna Castorena On November - 6 - 2013

It was an exciting night in Music City as the nation’s TOP country music talent gathered to celebrate a successful year of recording, touring, and giving fans the music they love so much. Without further ado, here are YOUR 2013 CMA Award winners! Entertainer of the Year: George Strait Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake [...]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 05, 2013) — Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, today announced it will be the presenting sponsor for the final leg of George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014. Quicken Loans joins a highly successful tour, where 16 tour stops are completely sold out and only four more [...]

George Strait 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour Details

Posted by Shauna Castorena On September - 9 - 2013

GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES 2014 DATES FOR FINAL LEG OF THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY TOUR Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young Announced as Special Guests on 2014 Tour Dates. . . . . . ARLINGTON, Texas – [...]

George Strait Live Press Conference – 2014 Concert Tour Dates

Posted by Shauna Castorena On September - 9 - 2013

OFFICIAL GEORGE STRAIT 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE: In a press conference hosted today by King George himself, the final dates for the 2014 George Strait Cowboy Rides Away tour were announced. Opening acts will change from one week to the next. Some of these acts include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, [...]

George Strait Final 2014 Tour Dates

Posted by Shauna Castorena On August - 30 - 2013

George Strait To Announce Final Tour Dates For 2014 On September 9th **Updated 9/10/2013** George Strait has announced his special guests that will perform with him at 6 cities during his ‘Cowboy Rides Away Tour’. The Texas Cowboy says that fellow Texan Miranda Lambert will join him for two shows in San Diego at the [...]

George Strait Love Is Everything Album Details

Posted by HaleighT On May - 15 - 2013

George Strait Releases His Latest Album, Love Is Everything. Yesterday, May 14, George Strait released his latest studio album, Love Is Everything. The album includes his current single and latest #1, “Give It All We Got Tonight.” I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it and as George would say, [...]